Great Western Railway Line

Transport written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Rob Wilson Rob Wilson Conservative, Reading East

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department has made on procuring new rolling stock for the Great Western Line; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Patrick McLoughlin Patrick McLoughlin The Secretary of State for Transport

The Department has let a contract to Agility Trains to supply 369 vehicles from its Intercity Express Programme for long-distance Great Western services. These vehicles will be introduced to passenger service during 2017 and 2018. The Department is also in dialogue with First Great Western to procure electric vehicles for Thames Valley commuter services from 2016. These vehicles may be new-build or cascaded from elsewhere on the national network.

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