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Rolling Stock

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many modern operable train units are currently in storage. (245435)

This is a question which should be directed at the train leasing companies who are the owners of rolling stock vehicles. However, it is our belief that the number of modern operable units off lease is very small.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new carriages each train operating company has requested following his Department's announcement in January 2008 of its intention to increase rolling stock by 1,300 units. (245438)

The Department for Transport published a Rolling Stock Plan in January 2008, and issued an update in July 2008, setting out indicative numbers of vehicles to be allocated to each train operating company. These numbers are subject to change in negotiation with each company, but changes to numbers will not be announced unless and until commercial agreement is reached with each company. Discussions are now in progress with the train operating companies.