HC Deb 15 September 2004 vol 424 cc1571-2W
Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many dismantled railway lines in the UK have been(a) re-instated and (b) safeguarded since 1990; and what the cost of re-instated lines was in each case. [188569]

Mr. McNulty

No consolidated record is kept of the position of dismantled railway lines. The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) is aware of 13 re-instated lines available for use by passenger trains. Safeguarding is a matter for local authorities and the SRA is not aware of any central register. The SRA does not maintain a central record of the costs of re-instated railway lines.

Andrew Bennett

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) why the new signalling system promised for Stockport station is not yet operational; [188226]

(2)why engineers have been brought from India to fix the old signalling system at Stockport station; [188227]

(3)when the new signalling system at Stockport station will be operational;

(4)why the crossover points between Heaton Chapel station and Stockport and Stockport station have been removed. [188229]

Mr. McNulty

These are operational matters for Network Rail. Network Rail will respond directly to my hon. friend.