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Rail Franchises

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

11. To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to apply the lessons learnt from the termination of the Connex franchise to other franchises. (149838)

The Department has taken steps to implement the lessons learned from the termination of the Connex franchise. These include awarding franchises on the basis of a balanced assessment of costs and deliverability, more effective risk-based performance monitoring and detailed “operator of last resort” contingency plans.