Crossrail: Rolling Stock

Transport written question – answered on 24th May 2011.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

(1) how many Crossrail carriages will be delivered in each year between 2010-11 and 2014-15; and how many full train length equivalent diagrams will be completed in each of those years;

(2) how many carriages are planned to be built for Crossrail in each year between 2010-11 and 2014-15; and what the projected costs are of such construction in each of those years;

(3) how many Intercity Express programme carriages will be delivered in each year between 2010-11 and 2014-15; and how many full train length equivalent diagrams will be completed in each year;

(4) how many Intercity Express programme carriages will be built in each year between 2010-11 and 2014-15; and what the cost of such construction will be in each such year;

(5) how many rail carriages will be built during the comprehensive spending review period for (a) Crossrail, (b) Thameslink, (c) the Intercity Express programme and (d) other services; and which train operating companies will receive those carriages provided for other services;

(6) how many carriages will be built for the Thameslink project in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14 and (e) 2014-15; and what the cost to his Department of such construction will be in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12, (iii) 2012-13, (iv) 2013-14 and (v) 2014-15;

(7) how many Thameslink carriages will be delivered in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14 and (e) 2014-15; and how many full train length equivalent diagrams will be completed in each such year.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport

The information is as follows:

Crossrail

In total around 600 new carriages will be provided for the Crossrail project with a requirement for approximately 57 diagrams, subject to finalisation of operational requirements. Notice of this procurement was published by Crossrail Ltd in the Official Journal of the European Union on 1 December 2010, and the invitation to tender for Crossrail rolling stock is planned to be published later in 2011. The delivery profile and costs of the rolling stock is commercially confidential and subject to negotiation with bidders and so it is not possible to give annual numbers (if any) of built and delivered units and their associated costs within the spending review period.

Thameslink

No trains will be built during the years 2010-11 to 2013-14. It is expected that 112 vehicles will be built during 2014-15 which will make 10 full train length equivalent diagrams. The Department for Transport is currently evaluating responses from two bidders to supply the rolling stock. The content of these bids is commercially confidential.

Intercity Express programme

If the bid goes ahead as currently planned, the Department for Transport proposes to specify the number of trains that operators will require in daily service from 2016. These would be paid for by train operators on a daily basis. I would expect trains to be ready for use prior to the date they are required for passenger service, in order to provide time for appropriate testing and acceptance on to the network.

Other Services

West Coast—106 vehicles will be built before the end of the spending review.

NXEA—120 vehicles will have been built by the end of the spending review.

London Midland—69 vehicles will be built before the end of the spending review.

Chiltern—eight vehicles will be built before the end of the spending review.

TPE—It is expected 36 vehicles will be built, subject to agreement on the value for money.

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