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Eurostar Maintenance Facility

The Minister of State, Department for Transport (Mr. Tony McNulty): The Department has agreed with London & Continental Railways to bring forward the construction of a Eurostar maintenance depot on existing railway lands at Temple Mills in east London. A depot at Temple Mills has always been envisaged as part of the final plan for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) and bringing it forward will provide for a much more efficient operation of the complete CTRL and the Eurostar trainsets. This decision will enable the new depot to be provided in time for commencement of Eurostar services on CTRL Section 2 in 2007.

Original plans envisaged Eurostar trains gaining access from St Pancras to the existing North Pole International depot via the North London Line, but further investigation indicated that this would require costly and disruptive infrastructure works and significantly reduce capacity on what is already a congested line. Implementing the Temple Mills depot straightaway therefore provides a more cost-effective overall solution.
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The Department has agreed in principle with London & Continental Railways to provide the funding for the depot as a Government change to the CTRL development agreement at a total cost not exceeding £402 million including land acquisition and relocation costs, subject to agreement of the detailed financial and contractual conditions.


Supplementary Estimates

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Alan Johnson): Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary supplementary estimate, the Department for Work and Pensions departmental expenditure limit (DEL) will be increased by £274,207,000 from £8,222,834,000 to £8,497,041,000 and the administration costs limits will be increased by £92,659,000 from £5,903,307,000 to £5,995,966,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:


The change in the resource element of the DEL arises from: RfR2

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The change in the capital element of the DEL arises from:


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Administration Costs

The movement in the Administration Cost limit arises from those items noted above as affecting administration costs plus the following items which are neutral in terms of overall resource DEL but which impact the Administration Cost limit:

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Departmental Unallocated Provision (DUP)

Additionally there are the following draw downs from the DUP which are neutral in overall DEL terms: