HC Deb 12 November 1984 vol 67 cc103-4W
25. Dr. Mawhinney

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is the latest estimated cost of electrifying the east coast main line.

Mr. David Mitchell

The electrification of the east coast main line was approved at a cost of £306 million at 1983 fourth quarter prices. British Rail does not expect the cost to exceed this figure but it does have to find the money from within its own resources.

53. Mr. Stan Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he proposes to increase resources available to British Rail to enable the board to electrify lines between Manchester, Liverpool, Preston and Blackpool.

Mr. David Mitchell

The Government are ready to approve worthwhile investments which offer a sound prospect for improving the financial performance of the railways. However, it is for BR to decide its investment priorities and whether to bring forward specific schemes. It has made no proposals to me for the schemes mentioned by the hon. Member.

Dr. Twinn

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will now announce his decision on electrification of the North London line.

Mr. David Mitchell

I have now written to the chairman of British Rail giving our consent to the electrification of the 6-mile freight route between Camden road junction and Stratford, together with some freight terminals in north east London and Essex, and the purchase of four locomotives, at a total cost of £12.149 million. Our decision was based on an appraisal that showed the board's proposal to be justified on its financial merits.