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Passenger Railway Carriages

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passenger railway carriages there were in (a) 1993, (b) 1998 and (c) 2003; and if he will make a statement. [128792]

Figures are only readily available for the years 1995 and 2003. There were 9,979 vehicles in 1995 and 10,610 in 2003. This increase reflects both the fact that some operators have increased the number of services they provide and the statutory requirement to replace the Mark 1 rolling stock that is currently operated by the three franchises operating south of the river Thames (GoVia South Central, Connex South Eastern and South West Trains).