Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman has highlighted the decrepit rolling stock in use on the train line running between Boston and Skegness during Transport Questions in the Commons.
His question follows a recent visit to Vivarail, a company in Warwickshire which is refurbishing old London underground trains for use on local rail services. Matt believes that these trains could be an excellent replacement for the old carriages in use in the Midlands.
Rail Minister Claire Perry MP agreed with Matt that Vivarail’s trains are innovative and noted that the East Midlands rail franchise, which includes the line between Boston and Skegness, is due to be renewed over the next year. She said that the Government will be paying close attention to rolling stock in this tendering process, and will expect the successful bidder to consider many opportunities available.
Matt said, “I was pleased to hear that that Transport Ministers are as keen as I am to improve the rolling stock across our region, and I very much hope that operators bidding for the East Midlands franchise will consider new trains like those being developed by Vivarail. I will continue to work with Ministers, Network Rail, the current franchise operator East Midlands Trains and any future operators to ensure that rail services and train carriages running through our area are fit for purpose.”
- Matt’s question can be seen in full via the following link: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm160310/debtext/160310-0001.htm#16031040001486
- More information about Vivarail can be seen here: http://www.vivarail.co.uk/