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Trans-Pennine Franchise

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review the rationale for the Trans-Pennine franchise; and if he will make a statement. [115246]

No. The new Trans-Pennine Express (TPE) franchise was developed by the Strategic Rail Authority in consultation with the five PTEs affected. The reasoning behind the TPE franchise is that strategic, high quality rail links are needed to help increase the already significant level of economic activity and growth in the north, and that these services are best provided by a dedicated operator.