The type of rolling stock to be used on East-West Rail will be decided at a later stage according to Rail Minister Jo Johnson.
Responding to Layla Moran (Liberal Democrat, Oxford West and Abingdon) written question asking if the government would make it policy to electrify the new railway between Oxford and Cambridge, Johnson also failed to mention whether the trains would be new or cascaded fleets.
Johnson wrote to Moran on September 7: “Passengers will enjoy significant benefits from the programme through the introduction of fast, reliable trains on brand new routes across the corridor, unlocking transformational housing and economic growth, irrespective of the method of train propulsion. Rolling stock type will be a decision to be taken at a later date.”
- Read RAIL 862 for an update on the EWR project, published on September 26, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from September 22.