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Wednesday 25th July 2012 | 17:13
Labour Press Release
Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to the approval of the Intercity Express Programme rolling stock contract, said:
"Instead of working flat out to get this contract signed, Ministers have dithered and delayed for two years since they inherited plans for a new generation of inter-city trains from Labour. It’s good news this order is to finally go ahead, but deeply concerning that the Government has slashed the 1400 carriages planned by Labour to just 596. We have to end this stop start short term approach to train procurement and have a long term plan to deliver the trains we know will be needed, not least following the programme of electrification kicked off by the last government.
"The decision by Labour Ministers in the last government to ensure this contract will lead to hundreds of new jobs in the North East stands in stark contrast to the Tory-led Government’s decision to award the Thameslink contract to a company that plans to build those trains in Germany."