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Railways: Rolling Stock

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the number of uncommitted carriages held by rolling stock companies available for use by train operating companies who wish to lease extra carriages. (211091)

[holding answer 13 June 2008]: There has been no formal assessment carried out. It is up to the leasing companies to manage their portfolio of vehicles and offer them for lease to the market. However, current market indications are that there is very little suitable off-lease rolling stock available. Any vehicles which are off lease are being offered to the operators.