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Trains

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to ensure that the electric version of the proposed Inter-City Express will be equipped with an automatic coupler to facilitate the attachment of a diesel locomotive. (204179)

[holding answer 8 May 2008]: It is a requirement of the Invitation to Tender, published by the Department for Transport last year, that electric IEP trains can be automatically coupled to diesel powered vehicles.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what role her Department will have in the procurement process for the new Inter-City Express rolling stock. (204180)

[holding answer 8 May 2008]: The Department for Transport has been leading the procurement process to-date, and will continue to do so through to completion in 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to ensure that rail vehicles intended for use on (a) Thameslink and (b) Crossrail routes will be compatible for use on either line. (204181)

[holding answer 8 May 2008]: Thameslink and Crossrail are similar in concept. Both aim to connect together national rail routes with a high frequency metro style service through central London. However, Thameslink uses existing tunnels built in the 19th century, whereas Crossrail will use a new, purpose built tunnel. As a result the constraints on the physical size of the trains are different for the two projects and for that reason it is unlikely that they will be fully compatible.