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Parliamentary Trains

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) on which routes parliamentary trains within the meaning of the Railways Act 1844 are running; (247440)

(2) how many rail replacement bus services are funded directly by his Department.

[holding answer 14 January 2009]: There are no parliamentary trains within the meaning of the Railways Act 1844.

Mindful of the requirements of relevant legislation, the Department for Transport is currently funding a rail replacement bus service between Ealing Broadway station and Wandsworth Road station. This service, which is a temporary measure until the Department can arrange a replacement rail service in this area, has been operating since 14 December 2008.

Other than the aforementioned service, no rail replacement bus services are directly funded by the Department. London Midland provide rail replacement bus services in place of all trains to Barlaston, Norton Bridge and Wedgewood. The costs for these are part of the overall subsidy payment for the London Midland franchise.