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2004-02-04 ATO-001


ATOC comments on National Audit Office report on rolling stock

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ATOC comments on National Audit Office report on rolling stock

4 February 2004
source ATOC
type Press release

Two thousand new, more comfortable train vehicles are now in service – about 20% of the total national fleet - bringing many benefits, such as air conditioning, which passengers really appreciate.

This is the result of one of the world’s largest train replacement and modernisation programmes - £4 billion being spent on more than 4,500 brand new train vehicles, of which nearly half are now in operation.

ATOC has taken a leading role in monitoring the performance of new rolling stock; in studying the causes of unreliability; and in working with the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) to introduce performance improvement plans for train operators. However, we would like to see the complex and challenging new train acceptance process simplified and streamlined – which is now underway with new European standards being gradually introduced.

We acknowledge that there have been delays in the introduction of some of the new trains – there are many reasons for that, which go back to the original procurement process in the mid-nineties. The whole industry has been working to resolve the issues highlighted in the report and much progress has been made.

The SRA has been instrumental in helping to resolve issues and in getting new trains into service.

Other things now successfully done include

Completion of the national gauging survey. We now know to the nearest millimetre the size of track, platforms and tunnels.

The recent Pendolino approval process, using new European processes, has worked smoothly.

Suppliers have learnt how to make new trains progressively more reliable – for example the trains used by C2C, which are now twice as reliable as the old trains they replaced.

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For further information, please contact:

ATOC Press Office on 020 7904 3010

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