Railways: Pacer Trains — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:07 pm on 9th December 2014.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour 3:07 pm, 9th December 2014

My Lords, while all this is going on, the Government are doing the opposite and giving even more trains to the south. Indeed, today the Minister for Transport, Claire Perry, announced that there would be 10 new four-car trains to take people between Milton Keynes and London. Last week, I believe, new diesel trains were ordered and committed to go to Uckfield and between Ashford and Hastings. Is it not time that this trend was reversed and that the new diesels went to the Northern area? Perhaps the people of Sussex and Kent could try out some Pacers for a few years and see how they get on.