Railways: Franchises

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th July 2010.

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Photo of Lord Bradshaw Lord Bradshaw Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 13 July (WA 125), in light of the complexities and costs of bidding for a franchise, whether they plan to review the process to assist new entrants such as mutual companies.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Department for Transport aims to ensure that the franchising process is proportionate to the scale and nature of the franchises and the contracts involved. Principles of transparency and non-discrimination for all potential bidders are also observed.

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