First Transpennine Express and Northern Rail

Transport written question – answered on 9th July 2014.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether rolling stock to be delivered to Northern Rail and TransPennine Express over the next six years will be configured to allow the option of retaining the operational role of the guard.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

A public consultation exercise is being conducted which will inform the franchise specifications. The consultation can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/320806/northern-transpennine-consultation.pdf

No decisions have yet been made. However we expect it will be for the winning bidders of the Northern and TransPennine Express franchise competitions to decide what rolling stock to use and whether to configure this rolling stock to allow for retaining the operational role of the guard.

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