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Transport written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the reliability of (a) hybrid trains and (b) electric trains.

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

In the recent appraisal of the Intercity Express Programme, the reliability of the two train types is expected to be similarly high. Both train types offer a substantial improvement in reliability when compared to the existing older stock, and the contractual structure of the IEP is designed to ensure that manufacturers and maintainers are heavily incentivised to provide a reliable service.

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