Rail Announcement

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:44 pm on 27th March 2018.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Secretary of State for Transport 12:44 pm, 27th March 2018

The current Southern franchise will continue until 2021, and we are working through what the structure should be when it is re-let in a different form. I intend there to be a much closer alliance between Network Rail and the private sector, following a similar kind of model to that which we are using with Southeastern. It is necessary to bring the day-to-day operation of the track and trains together to improve performance. We have done some of that already on the Southern franchise, which has helped to make a difference, and that should continue.