Railways: Toilets

House of Lords written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Baroness Wilcox Baroness Wilcox Shadow Minister (Women), Trade & Industry

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the comments by Lord Davies of Oldham on 5 December 2006 (Official Report, col. 1054) that the Government expect all rolling stock to be fitted with toilet retention tanks by 2020, whether the decision of First Great Western not to do so during the current refurbishment of its high-speed train stock will mean that this target will be missed.

Photo of Lord Bassam of Brighton Lord Bassam of Brighton Government Whip, Government Whip

The decision not to fit retention tanks is in line with the 2020 deadline, as the current refurbishment of the First Great Western high-speed train stock is intended to provide a life extension of 10 years to support the current franchise services until the introduction into service of the Inter-City Express fleet before 2020.

A procurement announcement for the Inter-City Express will be made in March this year, and it is anticipated that all First Great Western high-speed trains will have been replaced before 2020 with new rolling stock that includes retention tanks.

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