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Railways: Public Expenditure

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 76804, tabled on 17 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's timeframe is for the spending of the £500 million committed to the restoration of Beeching Cut rail lines, as set out in the 2021 Comprehensive Spending Review.

Answered on

23 November 2021

In January 2020 the Government pledged £500 million for the Restoring Your Railway Fund to deliver on our manifesto commitment and start reopening lines and stations.

The 2021 Spending Review settlement includes the £500 million RYR fund which starts next year 2022/23 and runs beyond Control Period 6 to Control Period 7 Year One 2024/2025.

Some funding has already been allocated to schemes through the programme. Earlier this month the Dartmoor Line between Okehampton and Exeter became the first line to reopen thanks to over £40 million of government investment.