HC Deb 30 July 1980 vol 989 cc767-8W
Mr. Gordon Wilson

asked the Minister of Transport what was the latest rail electricfication project in each country of the United Kingdom; what is the cost per mile in each project at current prices; how many miles are covered by each project; and what are the quantities of each major material component in each project.

1982 Mr. Fowler

The available information is as follows:

1. England*

Most recent project: St. Pancras/Moorgate to Bedford

Completion date:

Length: 53 route miles (mainly 4 track)

Latest cost estimate £m
Re-signalling 22.3
Track works 27.6
Rolling stock 37.1
Depots 10.5
Kings Cross interchange 5.4
Remainder including electrification 28.6
Total 131.5

Average cost per route mile: £2–5m

2. Scotland†

Most recent project: Argyll line (Ruther glen-Partick)

Completion date: November 1979

Length: 5 route miles

Latest cost estimate £m
Civil engineering 19.111
Buildings and fittings 2.833
Signalling 1.717
Mechanical and electrical engineering 2.295
Land purchase 1.586
Rolling Stock 6.155
Design and supervision 2.250
Total 35.947

Average cost per route mile: £7–2m

3. Wales—To date no railway lines have been electrified

4. Northern Ireland: To date no railway lines have been electrified


* Information provided by British Rail

† Electrification of the Argyll Line was undertaken by Strathclyde Regional Council (as Pasenger Transport Authority for the Area), and therefore falls within the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland. The information orginates from British Rail Scottish Region.