§ Mr. Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on current and anticipated grant for, and levels of, investment in Network SouthEast, to include the financing of the restoration of Bournemouth station.
§ Mr. Freeman
In 1990–91 the British Railways Board received £600 million of public service obligation (PSO)254W grant for the supported sectors, of which £143 million was for Network SouthEast. In 1990–91, investment in Network SouthEast was £349 million. Total PSO grant provision in 1991–92 will be at least £743 million. Planned investment by the British Railways Board in 1991–92 totals £1,095 million. It is too early at this stage to forecast the share of grant or investment for Network SouthEast. I understand from British Rail that it hopes to start restoration work on Bournemouth station in 1993–94.