§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the annual cost of maintaining(a) the track and (b) the viaducts on the Settle to Carlisle line.
§ Mr. Watts
Railtrack advises me that the costs on its maintenance contracts cannot be separated out to the level of detail requested. These costs will, anyway, be affected by negotiations now in progress.
Railtrack has assured me that it has met and will continue to meet its maintenance obligations in respect of this route.