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Rail Franchise System

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 28 January 2010

18. To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans he has for the future of the rail franchise system. (313729)

“The Future of Rail Franchising”, which was published on 20 January, discusses potential changes to franchise competitions and contract design. Consultation papers for the Essex Thameside, East Coast and Greater Anglia were published on 21 January. Final decisions on these franchises will be taken before the invitations to tender are issued.