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Thameslink: Trains

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many dual-voltage trains will be available to run on Thameslink following the decision to order 11 new trains; and how many trains will remain on the West London Line. (198246)

109 dual-voltage trains will be available to run on Thameslink, so that there will now be no need to transfer class 377 (Electrostar) trains from the West London Line to Thameslink. However, Southern has now lost the opportunity to use class 465 (Networker) trains, which were to have been transferred from Southeastern, because of gauge clearance problems on Southern routes. In the light of this information, Southern is now having to re-assess the rolling stock allocations for all its suburban routes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on the proposal to transfer trains from the West London Line to Thameslink since the order of 11 new trains for Thameslink. (198247)

There will now be no need to transfer class 377 (Electrostar) trains from the West London Line to Thameslink. However, Southern has now lost the opportunity to use class 465 (Networker) trains, which were to have been transferred from Southeastern, because of gauge clearance problems on Southern routes. In the light of this information, Southern is now having to re-assess its rolling stock allocations.