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Volume 401: debated on Friday 14 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will list railway vehicles ordered for the railway network and their date for delivery; [101195](2) when Bombardier will deliver their Electrostar trains to South Central; [101198](3) if he will list the orders Bombardier has with British train operating companies. [101181]

The table lists all orders for railway vehicles since 1997, including orders from Bombardier:



Date of order

Number of vehicles

Status of order

South West TrainsAlstornMay 1997120Delivery begun
South West TrainsAdtranzOctober 200016Completed
South West TrainsSiemensApril 2001785Delivery to begin April 2003
Virgin Cross CountryBombardierDecember 1998136Completed
Virgin Cross CountryBombardierDecember 1998216Delivery begun
Virgin West CoastAlstornFebruary 1999477Delivery begun

Delivery of the Electrostars has already started and is expected to be completed in late April 2004.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the inspection regime protocols covering the inspection of motor retaining bolts and brackets on the Waterloo and City Line and the Central Line and (b) protocols covering the withdrawal of Underground trains on safety grounds for each Underground line. [102397]

These matters are currently subject to a full investigation by LUL, with a team chaired by an independent expert and to a separate investigation by the Health and Safety Executive. The investigation results will be made public.