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Wales and Borders: Rail Franchise

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th January 2017.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Secretary of State for Transport 12:00 am, 12th January 2017

I am aware of the capacity issues on the Wales and the Borders franchise and, indeed, on the CrossCountry franchise. One of the challenges, owing to the rapid growth in recent years, is that there are not enough diesel trains to go around at the moment. I had the great pleasure of being at Newton Aycliffe in County Durham for the launch of the first new hybrid train to be manufactured there. That will open up the opportunity for us to deliver significant change to rolling stock across our network, and will enable us to address many of the overcrowding challenges to which my hon. Friend refers.