Trans03-04 Press Notice25

Railways: Southern region power supply upgrade

Railways: Southern region power supply upgrade

Following up on its 2003 report, Overcrowding on Public Transport, the Transport Committee has decided to hold a one-off evidence session on 9 June 2004 to assess the progress and cost of the upgrade to the power supply and infrastructure for the removal of Mark 1 rolling stock and its adequacy for future railway expansion.

The SRA launched an industry project in January 2002 to minimise the number of new vehicles that would be unable to enter service because of inadequate power supply and other infrastructure work and to meet the December 2004 statutory deadline for the removal of Mark 1 rolling stock.  The National Audit Office published a report in February 2004, Improving passenger rail services through new trains, which stated that this deadline is unlikely to be met and that the full infrastructure programme would not be completed until 2010.

Witnesses are invited to submit memoranda to the Committee before Monday 7 June 2004. Witnesses who wish their memoranda to be treated in confidence should contact the Committee Clerk in advance.

Memoranda should be a maximum of 6 A4 pages in length. 

Witnesses are requested to submit a single hard copy of their memorandum by post to the above address, together with an electronic version (in ASCII, Word or Word Perfect formats) either by e-mail to
or on a disk accompanying the hard copy.  Witnesses who are unable to submit electronic versions of their submissions are respectfully requested to take particular care that their submissions are legible. 

All submissions should be final and complete; the Committee will not accept draft memoranda or subsequent amendments. Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.

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Press Notice   25/2003-04   24 May 2004

Eve Samson, Clerk of the Committee