[holding answer 23 November 2009]: A total of 380 new and additional vehicles are already either in service or are being prepared for service subject to the train operator finalising service plans.
This includes 232 new vehicles currently in operation with the following train operators:
TOC Class Type Number of vehicles Southern Railway 377 EMU 48 London Midland 350/2 EMU 148 Southern Railway 377 EMU 36
Number of vehicles
311 further new vehicles have been ordered and manufacturers are currently progressing their construction.
The Department for Transport has specified all Super Express Trains to be capable of operating either with a guard or in driver-only operation. This reflects the flexibility of train deployment on different route types, including long distance and commuter. As today, the mode of operation of services on specific routes will be managed by the train operating company.
Super Express Trains will offer suitable equipment to deliver on-train catering, ranging from at-seat trolley to full restaurant buffet car service. The catering provision will vary according to the service being operated and, as today, will be managed by the train operating company.