asked Her Majesty's Government:
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 4 November (WA 42–3), how they will work with First Great Western to ensure that capacity requirements for Bristol and the west of England meet the capacity standards. [HL6182]
The Government’s process for implementing capacity enhancements through train operating companies involves, first, a phase of collaboration to produce a specification which meets present and forecast capacity requirements. This is likely to be affordable within funds available, and to offer value for money.
Such discussions are in progress with First Great Western (FGW). Upon successful conclusion, the Government will issue a request for proposal to First Great Western, intended to lead to commercial negotiation and a deed of amendment to the franchise agreement to secure the changes.