Lord Patten – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Transport

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Lord Patten on 2016-01-20.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Neill of Gatley on 8 January (HL4766), what is their assessment of the adequacy of railway links between London and South-West England.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

The National Infrastructure Commission is not currently undertaking work on railway links between London and South West England.

Network Rail assessed the adequacy of the rail links between London and the South West as part of the rail industry’s Long Term Planning Process. The Western & Wessex Route Studies form part of this process and develop options for future services and for investment in the rail network up to 2043.

The options set out in the Route Studies are based on a regional and route based interpretation of the outputs and demand forecasts from previous market studies.