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Volume 173: debated on Thursday 24 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals for further investment in the railway system have been put forward for when the present diesel fleet of high-speed trains are taken out of service; and if he will make a statement.

British Rail has no current proposals for the premature replacement of its high-speed diesel train fleet. British Rail expects these trains to remain in service on a number of routes until around the end of the century.