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Railways

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of British trains were accessible by disabled people in each of the last 20 years. (93656)

The Department does not keep a breakdown by year of the number of accessible trains in service, as delivery schedules and use of older units often vary according to operational needs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effect on different user groups of Network Rail's decision to cease publishing the national rail timetable in a book format. (98485)

It is for Network Rail to make any necessary assessment about the decision on whether to cease or continue publishing the national timetable in book format.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with representatives from Network Rail on its decision to cease publishing the national rail timetable in a book format. (98486)

The Secretary of State has had no such discussions, as the decision on whether to cease or continue publishing the national timetable in book format is one for Network Rail.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from (a) rail user groups and (b) other stakeholders on Network Rail's decision to cease publishing the national rail timetable in a book format. (98487)

No representations have been made by Passenger Focus or London Travelwatch, the statutory bodies representing passengers. No representations have been received from the train operators who run the trains. Some representations have been received from members of the public, either directly or through their Members of Parliament.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what effect on costs he expects Network Rail to achieve by ceasing to publish the national rail timetable in a book format. (98488)