HC Deb 31 March 1965 vol 709 cc239-40W
63. Mr. Ian Lloyd

asked the Minister of Transport what capital expenditure has already been incurred by British Railways on the development of liner trains; what further capital expenditure is anticipated during next five years; and what effect the present inability of British Railway to begin the service has had on its overall operating deficit.

Mr. Tom Fraser

The Railways Board has so far committed about £1 million in orders for liner train-type equipment. The extent of further capital expenditure depends on the date of the initial services and the success achieved. The Board is not able to make any useful estimate of the effect on its operating deficit of its inability to introduce liner services as soon as it had originally planned.

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