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Railways: Cross Country Franchise

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 20 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In view of the shortage of accommodation on First Great Western trains, whether they will suspend the specification for bidders for the Cross Country franchise to ensure that it meets the demand patterns now forecast for the duration of this franchise. [HL1789]

The Government will not suspend the specification for the new Cross Country franchise.

The specification requires bidders to put forward proposals for capacity increases of at least 30 per cent from today's levels.