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Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL3136, tabled on 29 October 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with Vivarail, train operating companies, and Passenger Transport Executives on the potential use of D-trains (class 230), and for which areas or services.

Answered on

9 November 2015

The deployment of rolling stock is a matter for train operators.


Department for Transport officials have met with Vivarail to understand their proposals for the refurbishment of D78-Stock. Along with other industry stakeholders, officials have visited Vivarail’s facilities at the Long Marston Depot.


The Great Western Railway franchise includes a commitment for the operator to carry out initial feasibility studies in respect of a number of potential projects, and one of these is into the use of D-Class trains.


Vivarail is a private sector company that has developed these proposals at its own risk.