HC Deb 22 February 1991 vol 186 cc304-5W
Mr. Channon

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what are the main investment proposals by British Rail that he has approved for 1991–92 and subsequent years.

Mr. Freeman

We have approved the following specific major British Rail investment schemes which are expected to come into service in 1991–92 and subsequent years:

Network SouthEast

  • 48 coaches for south London suburban services out of Victoria and Charing Cross.
  • 400 coaches for south London and north Kent inner suburban services out of Victoria/Charing Cross/ Cannon Street/St. Paul's to Sevenoaks/Orpington/ Hayes/Gillingham.
  • 180 coaches for Marylebone-Aylesbury/Banbury and Paddington-Oxford.
  • 69 coaches for Waterloo-Exeter line.
  • 20 coaches for Waterloo-City line.
  • Cambridge-King's Lynn electrification.
  • Various infrastructure works such as platform extensions for the inner suburban Networker programme.


  • 100 diesel locomotives.
  • 700 container carrying wagons.


  • InterCity east coast main line electrification, 31 locomotives and 314 coaches.

Channel tunnel

  • 30 high speed passenger trains.
  • 30 electric freight locomotives.
  • Waterloo terminal; Tonbridge-Redhill electrification; other track and signalling improvements.

Regional railways

  • 334 diesel coaches for inter-urban express routes.
  • 111 electric coaches for commuter services in Birmingham and Lancashire.
  • Leeds-Bradford electrification including the commuter lines from Skipton and Ilkley to Leeds.
  • Birmingham cross-city line electrification.
  • Manchester airport link; new line to airport.
  • Hooton-Chester electrification; extension of commuter services.