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Railways: Rolling Stock

Volume 708: debated on Monday 23 February 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have undertaken any research into the potential for a further extension of the life of the present fleet of high-speed diesel passenger trains, including improving the doors and toilets. [HL1490]

Prior to issuing the Intercity Express specification, the Department for Transport assessed the costs and technical feasibility of extending the life of the existing high-speed diesel train fleet.

Given the age of the vehicles, and the need for major structural modifications to meet accessibility legislation and the provision of modern safety features for staff and retention toilets, it was not considered cost-effective to extend their lives compared with procuring a new train.