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First Great Western

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps First Great Western is taking to reduce emissions from their locomotives; what its published commitments to the Government are for reducing the company’s carbon footprint; and what recent assessment has been made by the Department on progress with reduction of emissions. (125663)

The engines in all the power cars of the high speed trains operated by First Great Western (FGW) are being replaced by modern engines with lower emissions and lower fuel consumption. FGW is committed under its franchise agreement to completing this programme at the latest by the end of June 2008.

Railway passenger operators are required by their passenger licences to establish a written policy to protect the environment from the effect of licensed activities. A copy of FGW’s policy is available from the Office of Rail Regulation’s public register.

The Department monitors progress on implementation of FGW’s contractual commitments.