Great Western Rail Franchise

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 28th February 2013.

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Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department for Transport 9:30 am, 28th February 2013

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State recently announced that we would not continue with the paused Great Western competition. He also confirmed that the Department would enter negotiations with First Great Western to secure arrangements for a further two and a half years, to September 2015. These negotiations are now in progress.