To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 17 June 2010, Official Report, column 58WS, on transport: rail franchising,
(1) when he expects the competition process for the Greater Anglia franchise to (a) open and (b) close;
(2) when he expects the new Greater Anglia franchise to be operational.
The Department for Transport is currently in the process of reviewing rail franchising policy. To enable the Greater Anglia franchise to reflect the changes that may arise from the review of this policy, the competitions that started in January this year have been cancelled. It is expected that the new competition process will be advertised by the end of this year. There is no set period between issuing such an advert and franchise commencement, however typically invitations to tender have been issued around a year before the franchise start date.