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Railways: Rolling Stock

Volume 704: debated on Monday 13 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29 September (WA 419–20), when the discussions about the provision of new rolling stock for National Express East Anglia commenced; and when they expect the deed of amendment to the franchise agreement to be signed. [HL5485]

The initial presentation from National Express East Anglia to the Department for Transport on the subject of the provision of additional rolling stock took place in December 2007.

The timing of any deed of amendment to the franchise agreement is uncertain as it will depend on the progress of the commercial negotiations between the parties.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29 September (WA 419), when the discussions with TransPennine Express about the provision of additional rolling stock commenced; and when they expect the deed of amendment to the franchise agreement to be signed. [HL5486]

The initial presentation from TransPennine Express to the Department for Transport on the subject of the provision of additional rolling stock took place in January 2007.

The timing of any deed of amendment to the franchise agreement is uncertain as it will depend on the progress of the commercial negotiations between the parties.