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Railways: Rolling Stock

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the supporting evidence is for her Department’s calculation, for rolling stock with no information on furnishable space available, that train capacity is 1.4 times the number of seats, and 1.2 times the number of seats on inter-city rolling stock. (211418)

This calculation was undertaken to support the rail High Level Output Specification, published in July 2007. For the small numbers of rolling stock where detailed information was not readily available at the time, the train capacity was based on the approximate mid-point of the range of similar trains where full data were available. While commuter and regional rolling stock types have similar seat and standing densities, inter-city rolling stock tends to have a lower seating density.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) locomotives, (b) multiple units, (c) freight wagons and (d) carriages were in use on the rail network in the most recent period for which figures are available, broken down by (i) train operating company and (ii) class. (211419)

This information is not held by the Department for Transport, but is widely available in the specialist press.