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.
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.