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Southern: Rolling Stock

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2008, Official Report, columns 9-10W, on rolling stock: Brighton, what assessment (a) she and (b) Southern have made of the capacity of diesel rolling stock available to that company to accommodate passenger demand on the (i) Brighton-Ashford and (ii) other railway lines; and if she will make a statement. (193909)

Train operating companies make decisions about the deployment of rolling stock to match customer demand.

The Department for Transport will continue to review train counts and train plans to check that resources are being deployed effectively.

The rail White Paper was published in July 2007. It sets out the resources that we intend to make available to the rail industry and the increases in capacity, as well as safety and performance that we expect the industry to deliver in return.