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Railways: Franchises

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with the franchise operator c2c on (a) the timing of franchise renewal and (b) the criteria for bidding for the franchise. (190493)

The c2c franchise is due to expire in May 2011. The franchise agreement includes the provision to extend the franchise for a period of two years to May 2013, by agreement between the Department and c2c.

The criteria for bidding for a replacement franchise will be set out in the documentation seeking bids for the new franchise.