§ Mr. Challen
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the new train operating franchise for trains operating on the Castleford to Leeds line will provide for sufficient capacity to allow passengers to and from Woodlesford to travel in comfort. 
§ Mr. Spellar
The terms of extension of Arriva Train Northern's franchise to February 2003 included a commitment to procure 18 additional vehicles. On expiry this franchise will be replaced by two new franchises, Northern and TransPennine Express. The Strategic Rail Authority will be expecting to secure further improvements in capacity and new rolling stock in these franchise negotiations.