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20.05.16

DfT seeking advice on CrossCountry franchising contingency plan

The Department for Transport is seeking advice on a mobilisation plan for the CrossCountry franchise from an outsourcing company, should the normal franchising process fail.

In response to a written question from shadow transport secretary Lilian Greenwood, rail minister Claire Perry said the department is currently seeking advice from the Arup, SNC-Lavalin (InterFleet) and EY partnership on the CrossCountry franchise.

In November 2015, the partnership was awarded a two-year £616,000 contract to advise the DfT on fulfilling its duties under Section 30 of the Railways Act 1993.

The Act requires the department to provide, or secure the provision of, railway services where normal franchising arrangements fail.

(Image c. Noel Slevin, used under a Creative Commons licence, some rights reserved)

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