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2007-03-08 DfT-001
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New trains programme begins

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Department for Transport

New trains programme begins

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8 Mar 2007 09:30
source Department for Transport
type Press release

note DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT News Release (022) issued by The Government News Network on 8 March 2007

The Department for Transport today officially began the procurement process for the Intercity Express Programme (IEP), the UK's most significant investment in rolling stock for over 30 years.

The IEP will determine the design of the next generation of intercity trains, which will be introduced across the network from 2014 and can expect to operate for 30 years.

The DfT is expecting to commission between 500 and 2,000 new vehicles, with deployment subject to costs and value. A "pre-series" batch of the trains will be introduced first, to test the new train in an operational environment before production of the full fleet begins. It is likely these pre-series trains will be deployed on the East Coast Main Line from 2012. This has been included in the Invitation to Tender for the new Inter City East Coast franchise, issued today.

Douglas Alexander MP, Secretary of State for Transport, said:

"My Department has led the way by specifying what we want to see in the next generation of intercity trains - more seating capacity, improved performance, greater flexibility from our trains and recognition of the importance of being environmentally-friendly."

"The rail industry and passenger groups have been involved in developing the work to this stage. It is now the rail industry's role to demonstrate what they can do to meet these requirements, and deliver these new trains."

Notes to Editors

1. The DfT has issued a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union, formally advertising to the market the opportunity to be involved in the Intercity Express Programme. This is available on the DfT website, as is a Summary and Overview document for stakeholders, at

2. The objectives of the Intercity Express programme are to:

- Optimise value for money, taking a long term whole-system approach;

- Improve passenger capacity and make best use of available route capacity;

- Ensure flexibility of train deployment to cater for future change in use, demand, power and environmental requirements;

- Deliver a consistent service in terms of the availability and reliability of new trains;

- Provide for the safety and security of passengers and railway employees;

- Deliver an environmentally sustainable solution in terms of improved energy efficiency and emissions, and more sustainable construction and maintenance compared to existing High Speed Trains;

- Meet customer requirements in terms of the facilities and environment provided for passengers.

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