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Railways: Rolling Stock

Volume 704: debated on Wednesday 8 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many of the 182 vehicles promised to the Northern Rail franchise in the high-level output statement are new build; and when it is proposed to place the order for these. [HL5350]

In its update to the high-level output specification (HLOS) delivery plan, published in July, and available on the Department for Transport website at, the Department for Transport stated that provision of extra rolling stock for Northern Rail was planned to take place in Phase 3 of this plan.

Discussions with Northern Rail continue on the details of implementation, including the proportion of new-build stock, and stock transferred from other operators.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will support the application from South West Trains to place orders for additional trains to alleviate overcrowding. [HL5351]

The Department for Transport is currently in discussion with South West Trains over the delivery of the Government’s high-level output specification capacity targets, which includes additional vehicles.