To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2015 to Question 3530, by what date he expects Pacer trains to be withdrawn from service by those franchises managed by his Department.
1 July 2015
Rolling stock is owned by Rolling Stock Companies, and leased by the Train Operating Companies. In the Northern franchise competition, we have specified the replacement of the Pacer stock by 2020, and the exact plans will be put forward by the winning bidder.
The date for the planned withdrawal of the Pacers from the Great Western franchise is May 2017.