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First Capital Connect

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what meetings he has had with representatives of First Capital Connect in each of the last six months; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of each such meeting. (320898)

I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 27 January 2010, Official Report, column 877W. In addition, a meeting was held on 2 February 2010 between the Secretary of State, the Chief Executive of First Group, the Managing Director of First UK Rail and the Managing Director of First Capital Connect. The minutes of the meetings on 12 November 2009 and 2 February 2010 have been placed in the Library of the House.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent representations he has received on the operation of First Capital Connect; and whether he has made a recent assessment of the merits of withdrawing its franchise and taking its operations into public ownership. (324644)

A number of representations have been received regarding the operation of First Capital Connect from Members of Parliament and passengers.

Since 18 January 2010, when First Capital Connect’s full timetable was reinstated, we have continued to monitor performance closely and the indication is that First Capital Connect is returning to pre-disruption levels of service.

To date, no Event of Default, as set out in the Franchise Agreement, has occurred.