HC Deb 18 December 1995 vol 268 c839W
Mr. Legg

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects Railtrack plc to publish the first annual statement about future network capacity required under the terms of its network licence; and if he will make a statement. [7346]

Sir George Young

Railtrack plc published its first network management statement today. I have arranged for copies to be placed in the Library of the House.

I welcome the news that Railtrack expects to spend over £1 billion a year on maintenance and renewal of its assets over the next ten years.

Railtrack's statement shows the professional approach which it is adopting to the management of its assets and a long-term commitment to a safe and efficient railway. I believe it also provides evidence of the benefits that privatisation is expected to bring for passengers. This scale of investment and the plans that Railtrack has outlined today should lead to a better quality service and a better-managed infrastructure for the railways of the future.