HC Deb 13 February 2004 vol 418 cc51-2W
Mr. Swire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to reinstate railway track between Salisbury and Exeter on the Waterloo Line. [155301]

Mr. McNulty

There are no such plans at present. However, South West Trains will be introducing an hourly service from Waterloo to Yeovil in December. The Strategic Rail Authority has agreed with local authorities that they will then assess whether likely demand would justify extending the hourly service to Exeter and whether any infrastructure enhancements would be needed to allow this to happen.