HC Deb 08 March 1967 vol 742 cc293-4W
102. Mr. Ledger

asked the Minister of Transport what estimate she has made of the amount by which the £130 million loss forecast for British Railways during 1967 would be reduced if the maintenance of the track and signalling system was financed from the same sources as the roads.

Mrs. Castle

The cost to the Railways Board of track and signalling maintenance is in the region of £70 million per annum including amortisation, but excluding interest and cost of signalling operation. The maintenance of roads is, of course, financed from general revenues to which road users contribute in the form of fuel tax and vehicle excise duties.

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