Department for Transport written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Bradshaw Lord Bradshaw Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much bi-mode trains cost to (1) order, and (2) run, compared to electric trains for InterCity services.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Bi-mode trains offer the flexibility and resilience to operate on both routes that are electrified but also non-electrified routes.

Rolling stock procurement and operational costs are a matter for train operators and owners. Due to their complex traction systems and maintenance requirements, bi-mode trains are generally more expensive to buy, maintain and operate.

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