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Trains: Procurement

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information was provided to her Department by Alstom and Barclays Private Equity on their reasons for withdrawing from the tendering process to build trains under the Intercity Express Programme. (209663)

Alstom advised the Department for Transport that it decided to withdraw from the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) competition to focus instead on other major rolling stock opportunities. The Department is reassured that Alstom remains committed to the UK rail market and we look forward to receiving robust bids from IEP bidders in the coming weeks.