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Railways: Electrification

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Bradshaw Lord Bradshaw Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 19 December (HL13874), if Transport Scotland's proposal to terminate all East Coast trains at Edinburgh were taken forward and electrification were extended to Swansea and Weston-super-Mare, what effect would this have on the number of bi-mode trains which would be required.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

If the proposals referred to in the question were taken forward this might mean that fewer bi-mode trains were needed and more electric trains compared to what is currently envisaged.

The exact number of trains needed would depend on, first, the diagramming impact of integrating the changes into the rest of the service pattern, and, secondly, the number of bi-mode trains needed for use during engineering works and other disruptions.

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