Rail Franchising

Part of NHS Winter Crisis – in the House of Commons at 4:21 pm on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of Andy McDonald Andy McDonald Shadow Secretary of State for Transport 4:21 pm, 10th January 2018

My right hon. Friend makes a perfect point. I have no doubt that that will be a consistent theme throughout this debate.

The Government should have followed Labour’s example. When the operator defaulted in 2009, Labour took the contract back into the public sector. If a company defaults, it does not deserve a contract. Taking a contract back into the public sector would mean that there is no reward for failure, and other companies in the industry would not expect the same treatment. In the light of what happened with the east coast franchise, what plans does the Secretary of State have to renegotiate the TransPennine Express, Northern and Greater Anglia franchises?