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Consultations indicate further delays to rail projects

“Network Rail’s review of the delivery programme for the Great Western Main Line electrification has been completed as part of the Hendy review, and details will be included in the Enhancement Delivery Plan update to be published in early 2016,” Rail Minister Claire Perry confirmed in a Commons Written Answer on January 5.

Page 6 of NR Chairman Sir Peter Hendy’s report to the Department for Transport on the re-planning of Network Rail’s Investment Programme (RAIL 789) had stated that work would start speedily to fulfil the report’s recommendations.

“The draft updated Enhancement Delivery Plan entries will be published in early December,” the report said. (This is repeated on page 36).

“Alongside this, DfT will carry out a consultation with stakeholders on the updated plan.”

That consultation is expected to run for eight weeks. However, allowing for consultation and then the preparation and publication of a final version, it could be into the summer before the agreed plan for the period up to March 2019 (the end of Control Period 5) is finally known, and Network Rail and its contractors can start picking up the pace again.

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