Train companies respond to new IEP intercity trains announcement25/07/2012
Responding to the intercity express programme announcement, Michael Roberts, Chief Executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) said:
“This announcement is good news for passengers as it will mean faster, more comfortable journeys and many more seats.
“This DfT-led procurement, however, has been contentious. Some of the earlier scope of the project has been changed because of subsequent Government decisions to electrify parts of the rail network.
“Train companies believe that the key to delivering better value for money is to ensure that they play a bigger role in shaping rolling stock solutions through the competitive franchising process. It will help get things done more quickly and bring down costs, and we welcome the Government's support for this approach.”
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