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In so far as evidence is available on the impact of technology on rail demand, this is included in any demand forecasts. Research on new and evolving influences on rail demand is carried out on an ongoing basis by the Department for Transport and the rail industry's Passenger Demand Forecasting Council.
Forecasting demand to 2026 for the West Coast Mainline will be a matter for the bidders on the new franchise. As part of its evaluation process, the Department will review any evidence and assumptions included within the bids.