Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Letter to the Clerk of the Committee from Railtrack (RES 7)


  I am replying to the Clerk's letter to Simon Miller of 30 July, which asked:

    "what infrastructure improvements still need to be made before Eurostars are able to operate on the West Coast Main Line, what progress is being made with these works and when [will] Eurostars be safety approved for service beyond London"?

  Physical works commenced in April 1995, with initial route clearance—one route only—being completed in April 1996. Final clearance—all lines, including diversionary routes—was completed in March 1997. As the route sections were cleared, completion certificates were submitted to HM Railways Inspectorate (HMRI) for approval. Final route section acceptance was received from HMRI in September 1997.

  The regional Eurostar trains are still being processed through the rolling stock acceptance processes, but present progress suggests that this will be completed early in January 1999.

3 November 1998

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