HC Deb 16 April 1991 vol 189 cc133-4W
Ms. Ruddock

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the planning totals of Department of Transport expenditure on road and rail, respectively, for each of the three decades from 1960 to 1989.

Mr. McLoughlin

[holding answer 15 April 1991]: Consistent information in terms of planning totals is not available. However, road and rail investment in Great Britain for the three decades is as follows:

Road and rail investment: Great Britain1
£ million in cash prices
Road2 Rail3
1960–69 2,330 1,190
1970–79 7,440 2,190
1980–89 16,850 6,220
1 Because of definitional changes, figures can only be used to give broad comparisons.
2 Expenditure by central and local government on new construction and improvement on all roads, and major structural maintenance on motorway and trunk roads.
3 Investment in rolling stock and infrastructure by British Rail, London Underground Limited, Dockland Light Railway and Manchester Light Rapid Transit. British Rail channel tunnel investment is included but not investment by Eurotunnel plc.

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