§ Mr. Nigel Evans
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what are the plans for the upgrading of the west coast line.
§ Mr. Freeman
Re-equipping the west coast main line is an investment priority. I understand that British Rail has set aside funds for design work and plans to begin renewing the infrastructure next year. Decisions on the precise phasing of the renewal programme will need to have regard to public expenditure constraints.58W