rather than lease a large fleet of diesel trains and carriages will
not “at this stage” be extended to other procurement programmes, a
spokesman for the department told Leasing Life.
than lease the 202 trains, which will be used to relieve
overcrowding in the Thames Valley, in order to speed up the
procurement process, and that the decision to do so was a “one
However, according to senior sources, the government
unofficially sought to lease the engines, worth around £300
million, through the private sector but failed as the roscos are
believed to be not interested in growing their existing diesel
An independent expert is expected to be appointed to set the
prices at which the government will lease the trains to operators
involved in the programme, First Great Western, Trans-Pennine
Express and Northern Rail.
A government run company, Diesel Trains Limited, has been set up
to buy the trains.