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11.07.13

‘Good progress’ made since Brown review – McLoughlin

The Government has published its response to the Brown review on rail franchising, setting out progress since the collapse of the West Coast franchise competition last October.

Since the review was published in January, the DfT has restarted competitions for the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchises, and negotiated an interim contract with c2c for the Essex Thameside contract.

Invitations to tender will be issued to bidders in July for the long-term Thameside franchise.

A Franchising Advisory Panel has also been set up, and the DfT has published a Franchise Procurement Process Map and Franchise Competition Guide, and is organising a UK Rail Opportunities Day to promote interest.

A new Director General for Rail and Franchising Director have been appointed.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “The independent Brown review was clear that franchising is the best way to secure services for passengers. It provided a sensible approach to strengthen a process that has contributed significantly to the success of our railways.

“Since the review was published, the department has worked hard to implement its recommendations. Good progress has been made and we are on course to deliver a franchising programme that promotes a thriving rail industry and secures the best deal for passengers and taxpayers.”

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