HC Deb 25 March 2003 vol 402 c119W
John McDonnell

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has that trains on the upgraded West Coast mainline will operate with automatic train protection systems. [104989]

Mr. Jamieson

We are committed to introducing the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS). However, at present, ERTMS is insufficiently developed or proven for use on a high capacity, mixed use railway such as the West Coast main line. The modernisation of the line is therefore being taken forward with protection provided by the Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS), as originally planned and now installed, with additional protection at higher speed junctions.

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