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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 Clark of Windermere Lord Clark of Windermere Labour 3:01 pm, 16th January 2018

My Lords, in light of the Carillion fiasco that we are facing now, it seems to me that the Government changed their strategy in the last round of franchises, in that they encouraged a smaller number of companies, with subsidiary companies running the actual franchises, as highlighted in the NAO report, whereas Govia Thameslink covers a number of companies. It also applies to Arriva in the north. We had a situation with the Lakes line where there were no trains over five years old, whereas with Northern Rail there are no trains under 30 years old.