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Rolling Stock

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2008, Official Report, column 1194W, on rolling stock, if she will publish the quantitative analysis her Department carried out to determine how many new rail carriages should be provided to tackle capacity problems on the rail network under the High Level Output Specification statement of July 2007. (218839)

[holding answer 14 July 2008]: Illustrative train service enhancement options were developed by the Department for Transport to demonstrate that the HLOS capacity requirements can be delivered. This analysis was published on the Department’s website in July 2007 to accompany the Rail White Paper. It can be accessed at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/about/strategy/whitepapers/whitepaper cm7176/railwphlsospecimen

Exact detail of estimated deployment of rolling stock numbers is not given for commercial reasons.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the percentage of forecast passenger growth to 2014 which will be carried by the 1,300 new carriages planned to be provided by that date. (218840)

[holding answer 14 July 2008]: The 1,300 extra carriages are estimated to be sufficient to carry the forecast growth of an extra 80,700 morning peak passengers in London and English urban areas between 2009 and 2014. They will also meet the majority of the peak growth on the long distance routes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2008, Official Report, column 1194W, on rolling stock, what estimates her Department made in preparation of the 2007 Rail White Paper, of the proportion of the 1,300 extra carriages announced in the White Paper that would be (a) Pendolinos for the West Coast Main Line and (b) Thameslink Programme carriages. (218841)

[holding answer 14 July 2008]: Of the 1,300 carriages, 106 are estimated to be Pendolinos for the West Coast Main Line. The extent to which the Thameslink carriages overlap with the 1,300 cannot yet be accurately estimated since it depends on a number of factors including the outcome of the High Level Output Specification agreed with the Train Operating Companies.