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Trains

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the safety of (a) the type of trains chosen to replace high speed trains and (b) Pendolino trains. (257954)

Under the Railways (Interoperability) Regulations 2006 any new train to be operated on Great Britain's network must be authorised by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). The authorisation involves confirmation that essential requirements, including safety, have been met.

Pendolino trains were subject to earlier interoperability regulations and authorised to be placed into service by the Office of Rail Regulation. The design chosen to replace high speed trains will also be subject to interoperability regulations.