§ Mr. Spriggs
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what investment proposals he has received for electrification of the east coast main line; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Eyre
[pursuant to his reply, 20 April 1983, c. 282–83]: Since May 1979, the board has submitted the following detailed electrification proposals for approval by the Secretary of State.
Route Cost of Fixed Works Price Level Colchester-Norwich, Manningtree, Harwich 24.2 Q1 1982 Royston-Cambridge 4.7 Q1 1983 Bishops Stortford-Cambridge 8.5 Q1 1983 Tonbridge-Hastings 20.7 Q3 1982 Hitchin-Leeds 73.0 Q4 1982 Doncaster-Newcastle 45.0 Q4 1982
The Tonbridge-Hastings scheme is for third rail 750-volt dc electrification; the others are for 25kw overhead electrification. Same schemes also include resignalling or other infrastructure investment, and some also require investment in new rolling stock. The figure for the Tonbridge-Hastings scheme includes the cost of track signalling or relaying necessarily associated with it.