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Railways: East Coast Main Line

Volume 688: debated on Thursday 11 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they expect to let the new franchise for the east coast main line service; and what is the estimated cost of carrying out the re-franchising process. [HL996]

The announcement of the successful bidder for the franchise is anticipated in August, with commencement in December 2007. The cost to the department is estimated to be in the region of £2 million. The recovery of these costs has been included in the recently agreed management contract with GNER. Costs to bidders are a matter for it.