Rolling stock a con­cern for pas­sen­gers

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The qual­ity and ca­pac­ity of rolling stock emerged as a con­cern of pas­sen­gers and stake­hold­ers in their re­sponses to the De­part­ment for Trans­port’s con­sul­ta­tion into the next Great Western fran­chise. Pas­sen­ger pri­or­i­ties were longer trains with more seats and space, and re­place­ment or mod­erni­sa­tion of older rolling stock.

Par­tic­u­lar con­cern was raised by pas­sen­gers in the West ser­vice group, which will re­tain age­ing Sprinter diesel mul­ti­ple units and High Speed Trains.

Pas­sen­gers said this could pro­vide lower re­li­a­bil­ity, com­fort and on­board ameni­ties.

In re­sponse, the DfT said it is likely to spec­ify a re­quire­ment in the next fran­chise to de­velop op­tions for the older fleet, and to de­velop a busi­ness case for “al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tions for these fleets.”

These op­tions will in­clude al­ter­na­tives to diesel trains.

RICHARD CLIN­NICK.

This view on Au­gust 17 of the site of the new £46 mil­lion de­pot ex­ten­sion at Ex­eter shows that clear­ance work has been com­pleted ahead of con­struc­tion. The de­pot will in­clude ser­vic­ing fa­cil­i­ties and staff ac­com­mo­da­tion, and will be used to main­tain Great Western Rail­way’s West of Eng­land diesel mul­ti­ple unit fleet. In­ter­city Ex­press Trains will also visit the site.

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