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First Great Western

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will urgently investigate the reliability of the 125 fleet on the Great Western lines; and what discussions he has had with First Great Western on its refurbishment and replacement programme. (103257)

I have held a number of meetings with First Great Western and Network Rail to discuss a range of performance issues. Joint action plans are in place between Network Rail and FGW to address these issues and are monitored monthly.

The first modified First Great Western High Speed Train (‘HST’) power cars have already entered service. My officials meet FGW regularly to review progress on the HST refurbishment and modification programme.