Railways: South West

Department for Transport written question – answered on 21st December 2017.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the level of availability of mobile phone coverage on the Penzance to London train line; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department published a consultation about the Great Western (GW) rail franchise, on 29 November, inviting people’s views on future priorities for improvement. The consultation document notes that mobile connectivity has been highlighted by a number of stakeholders, including the Peninsula Rail Task Force, and indicates that the specification for the next GW franchise, due to begin in April 2020, will seek proposals for significant improvements in mobile connectivity.

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