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East Coast Railway Line: Franchise

Volume 461: debated on Wednesday 20 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to announce the new franchise arrangements for the East Coast Mainline. (143727)

The bids for the new franchise were received on 6 June and I expect to be able to make an announcement on the winning bidder later in the summer with the intention that the new franchise commences by the end of this year.