To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 12 July (HL16845), what assessment they have made of the legal implications of Pacer trains remaining in use on the Northern Rail network after 31 December; and what plans they have in place to ensure that any trains still in use after that date comply with regulations concerning accessibility and the discharge of toilet waste onto tracks.
The Department is committed to introducing modern trains fit for the 21st century that improve passenger experience and are accessible for all. We are closely monitoring Northern’s progress on introducing new trains and upgrading existing fleets. This includes the fitting of tanks to cease the practice of emitting waste to the track. The provision of accessible trains is key to enabling accessible rail travel, and we will deal with any failure to deliver contractual obligations according to the normal processes under the terms of that franchise agreement.
More than 1000 new services have now got new or refurbished-as-new trains in the North that will transform the journey experience for passengers.