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Railways: Franchise Operator Failure

Volume 687: debated on Thursday 7 December 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What standby provisions they have in place to operate rail passenger franchises in the event that the incumbent operators fail. [HL439]

The Government have powers under Section 30 of the Railways Acts 1993 as amended to step in as “operator of last resort” and take over the operation of a franchise in the event that a franchise holder should be unable to deliver the service. The Department for Transport has detailed contingency plans to cater for this eventuality. The plans are kept under constant review.