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Railways: First Great Western

Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many First Great Western Trains have been cancelled since the new timetable was introduced on 6 December 2006. [HL1545]

This is an operational matter for Network Rail as the owner and operator of the national rail network. The noble Lord should contact Network Rail's chief executive at the following address for a response to his Question: John Armitt, Chief Executive, Network Rail, 40 Melton Street, London NW1 2EE.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What performance measures they use when assessing the performance of franchises; and how this is applied to First Great Western. [HL1546]

Franchise agreements contain contractual minimum performance requirements, and in the case of sustained poor performance by a train operator below this level, an agreement can be terminated.

For First Great Western, the contractual performance measures used are delay minutes and cancellations (measured on a moving annual average basis) compared with the benchmarks in the franchise agreement; the non-contractual measures are the public performance measure and progress against the non-contractual joint performance improvement plan targets.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the specification of train services set for those who bid for the First Great Western franchise was designed to cater for passenger numbers at the start of the franchise period. [HL1564]

In its invitation to tender for the Greater Western franchise, the former Strategic Rail Authority specified a minimum train service pattern. Bidders were required to form their own views of existing and future demand, and to respond with proposals, including rolling stock deployment, to meet this demand.