§ Chris Grayling
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions why the upgrade in Greater Manchester has been excluded from the SRA Strategic Plan. 
§ Mr. Jamieson
Page 98 of the Plan states: "The SRA, in partnership with Railtrack, GMPTE, Manchester International Airport and the Highways Agency, has completed theGreater Manchester Strategic Rail Study, which sets out a strategy for the development of the rail network in Greater Manchester over the next 20 years. The first key building block, the creation of a TransPennine Express franchise, is currently underway. The partners in the study are now considering how best to take forward longer term options."