§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many feasibility studies the SRA commissioned in 2002 into the possible re-opening of dismantled railway lines; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Jamieson
The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) does not commission feasibility studies into the re-opening of dismantled railway lines. Parties who intend to make bids for Rail Passenger Partnership (RPP) funding however, often carry out feasibility studies and three such bids have been received during 2002. Therefore, no specific studies into dismantled railway lines have been commissioned by the SRA in 2002.