Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander revealed today that the government will pay for 1,000 new train carriages to be added to the UK railway system.
'In HLOS (high level output study) there will be 1,000 more carriages to take passsenger demand.' Alexander told delegates at the National Rail conference in London today. But he warned that additional capacity improvements would also be needed. 'This is not the only answer,' he said.Alexander told delegates that over 2000 carriages had been added to the network in recent years but said that most of these were replacements and only 300 had provided additional capacity.In contrast to this the 1,000 carriages will all be in addition to the current network, enabling train operating companies to provide more services with longer trains.The Association of Train Operating Companies welcomed the news, which is expected to cost £130m in leasing costs every year.