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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons on 10th January 2019.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Secretary of State for Transport

The slight delay to the issuing of the new franchise is for complex reasons related to rail pensions. I have noted the issues that my right hon. Friend has raised. I am concerned about it. It would be unacceptable for any current franchisee to run down the franchise in the run-up to renewal, and a strong message is being sent to the company that, if that is happening, it has to stop right now.