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Rolling Stock: Procurement

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trains she plans to order in the first phase of the (a) Thameslink and (b) Intercity Express Programme Order in the summer of 2009. (211405)

The information is as follows:

(a) Thameslink

The Thameslink Rolling Stock project intends to order an entire new fleet to operate the enhanced Thameslink service from December 2015. The fleet size will be between 900 and 1,300 vehicles depending on detailed service planning. It is intended to award a single contract for the whole fleet in summer 2009 at which time the delivery schedule for the vehicles will be agreed.

(b) Inter-city Express Programme

In the case of the Inter-city Express Programme (IEP) the number of trains will be determined by the train service provider based on the performance regime they have contracted to meet and the number of trains required to operate the timetable for the chosen routes. While the Secretary of State for Transport will provide a commitment to use the trains over a 20 year period there will not be an order for a specific number of trains. Consequently, until IEP bids have been received and evaluated a broad estimate of between 600 and 1,200 vehicles can be assumed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2008, Official Report, column 265W, on rolling stock: procurement, how many of the 317 vehicles ordered from manufacturers will be delivered in October 2008. (211871)

The intention is that four electric multiple unit vehicles will be delivered to the London Midland Franchise in October 2008 subject to completion of the testing and acceptance requirements.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2008, Official Report, column 265W, on rolling stock: procurement, what the date of delivery is of each carriage ordered; and on which line each carriage will be delivered. (211952)

The detailed delivery dates and exact allocation of rolling stock is for the train operator to manage. The new vehicle orders apply to Chiltern Railways, New Southern Railways and London Midland.