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Rail Franchises: Govia Thameslink - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:01 pm on 16th January 2018.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour 3:01 pm, 16th January 2018

My Lords, could the Minister explain one thing in the National Audit Office report? It said that the timetable that the Department for Transport agreed could not, according to Network Rail, be operated and that it was trying to put too many trains on the line. I understand there is the same problem on the east coast main line, which is why things have gone wrong there. When will the Government look at the timetables, with Network Rail, before they let franchises?