To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with British Rail concerning the ordering of the Network Express trains for the Kent coast services.
My right hon. and learned Friend and I meet the chairman of British Rail regularly when we discuss all current issues.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if the new Networker rolling stock to be supplied for the north-west Kent commuter service is still scheduled for introduction from April; and if he will make a statement.
The first Networker units delivered to network SouthEast are currently undergoing testing. NSE expects to introduce some Networkers into service with the May timetable.