§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if investment in new railway carriages for the services on the Eltham and New Eltham lines has been authorised.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
Four hundred class 465 Networker vehicles were approved in August 1989. The first of these is due to be delivered to British Rail in September this year. The new trains will begin to come into service on Kent Link routes, which include Eltham and New Eltham, from May 1992. The Department is currently considering an investment submission for further orders totalling 274 vehicles. We will respond as soon as possible.