§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what applications have been made through him to the European Economic Community during the last 12 months for grant-aid towards maintaining and developing the public railway service in Wales; what sums were involved in these applications; how many have been approved; and how many have been rejected.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
In the past 12 months the European Commission has approved both the applications for aid from the European Regional Development Fund towards railway improvements put forward by my Department. The details are as follows:
Scheme Grant awarded (£) Improvement of railway track from Clarbeston road to Fishguard harbour (British Rail scheme) 227,637
Scheme Grant awarded (£) New Central station at Blaenau Ffestiniog and extension of Ffestiniog narrow gauge railway (Gwynedd county council and Ffestiniog Railway Company scheme) 437,790