HC Deb 21 January 2002 vol 378 c571W
Mr. Andrew Turner

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the railways in(a) other European countries and (b) Britain. [28739]

Mr. Spellar

Following decades of underinvestment, it is clear that the performance of Britain's railways needs to improve. The 10-Year Plan for Transport and the Strategic Rail Authority's Strategic Plan set out the strategy and resources to improve Britain's rail system and enable us to achieve our objective of benchmarking our performance against railways in other European countries.