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TransPennine Express: Franchises

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of First TransPennine Express's performance in operating their franchise. (257989)

First TransPennine Express has been a successful franchise to date, delivering all obligations contained within its franchise agreement that commenced on 1 February 2004. This includes:

management of the build and delivery into service of a fleet of 51 new diesel trains, together with construction and implementation of dedicated maintenance facilities including new depots in Manchester and York.

Completion of a £12.2 million expenditure plan delivering improvements and enhancement to the 30 stations for which they are responsible.

Improvements in train operating performance year on year, meeting public performance measure targets.

Introduction of additional routes and services, between Manchester airport and Blackpool and Scottish destinations.