Procurement and evaluation of rolling stock is a matter for the private operators, “as it has been since privatisation”, Rail Minister Claire Perry told Shadow Transport Secretary Lilian Greenwood in a Commons Written Reply on June 17.
Greenwood had asked whether operators, when selecting new rolling stock, are required “to make an assessment of the effect of such selection on UK industry and the wider UK economy”.
Perry added that Government welcomed the jobs and economic benefits resulting from Bombardier and Hitachi rolling stock assembly plants in the UK.
In a separate reply to Greenwood, regarding policy on taking into account the benefits of contracts to the UK economy in determining future rolling stock orders, Perry said that procurement is usually carried out by the private operators through franchising.
“If the Department was to procure rolling stock it would take account of the latest competition and procurement guidelines relating to social and economic impacts,” she said.
- For the latest on new train orders and the planned cascades, read RAIL 803, published today (June 22).