§ 15. Mr. Laurence Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on rail services to and from Gloucestershire. 
§ Mr. Jamieson
In order to improve reliability and performance on the Virgin Crosscountry network, the Strategic Rail Authority has decided that most Virgin Crosscountry trains should no longer serve Gloucester station from the beginning of the summer 2003 timetable on 18 May. Instead, new services operated by Central trains and Wessex trains will provide a more reliable service to a range of destinations including Cardiff, Cheltenham, Worcester and Birmingham, from where onward connections can be made.