Railways: Capital Investment

Department for Transport written question – answered on 10th March 2020.

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Photo of Lord Greaves Lord Greaves Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the scheme to re-open railways lines closed by the Beeching report, whether they have a (1) target, or (2) estimate, for (a) the number of stations, and (b) the length of railway, to be reopened by (i) 2025, (ii) 2030, and (iii) in total.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Government does not have a target or estimate for the number of stations or length of railway to be reopened by our Reversing Beeching initiate. We have provided an initial £500m and have invited MPs to bring new schemes forward for consideration as well as committing to accelerate existing schemes under consideration and launching a £20m new station fund competition. What can be achieved will be determined by the best bids and opportunities identified.

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