HC Deb 20 May 2002 vol 386 c127W
Mr. Peter Duncan

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what percentage of the train traffic on the(a) Kilmarnock to Dumfries and (b) Dumfries to Carlisle railway lines was (i) passenger and (ii) freight in the last 12 months; [54819]

(2) what percentage level of capacity the Kilmarnock to Dumfries railway line has operated in the last 12 months. [54821]

Mr. Jamieson

I understand that current weekday train traffic in each direction is as follows:

Rail line Passenger trains Freight trains
Kilmarnock to Dumfries 10 10
Dumfries to Carlisle 13 10

Over the last year, according to demand, up to 15 or 20 freight services per weekday have operated in each direction over each line. When the maximum number of freight services operate, the Kilmarnock to Dumfries line is operating to its maximum practical capacity.