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Railways: North West

Transport written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of David Morris David Morris Conservative, Morecambe and Lunesdale

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to consult on changes to the Trans-Pennine Rail Franchise.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport

During the life of the franchise, the train operating company is responsible for consulting on any proposed changes to services. The Department for Transport will initiate stakeholder consultation on a replacement for the present TransPennine Express rail franchise around six months before issuing an Invitation to Tender.

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David Whitaker
Posted on 25 Jan 2011 9:34 pm (Report this annotation)

There is a lack of public accountability for Rail Services. The service between Lancaster and Manchester does not give the customer choice or value for Money. The Trains are offten overcrowded and there is a lack of comfortable seating.
Ther Train Service between Lancaster and Moreambe is very infrequent and lacking.