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Rolling Stock: North of England

Volume 508: debated on Monday 22 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps the Government plans to take to provide additional diesel train capacity in the North of England. (323438)

Discussions are taking place with Northern Rail to plan and justify the provision of additional vehicles to meet peak-hour capacity requirements in the northern cities, and the Department for Transport has already agreed some contract changes with Northern Rail, whereby a net 18 additional diesel vehicles will be used to lengthen certain train services. The electrification of the Great Western main line, and routes in the north-west, will release further diesel vehicles for deployment in the north.