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Railways: Standards

Volume 461: debated on Monday 11 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent (a) discussions he has had with and (b) representations he has made to (i) First Great Western trains and (ii) Network Rail on train service performance between South Wales and London Paddington. (140819)

My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State and I take a close interest in the performance of train services between London and South Wales, and have met the service providers to discuss issues affecting passengers in Wales. Following recent suggestions that some of the services might be terminated at Port Talbot I spoke to the Managing Director of First Great Western, who assured me that this would happen only in the most extreme circumstances. I also welcomed Network Rail’s announcement that it planned to hold a full investigation into the overrunning engineering works that disrupted these services.