Railways: Franchises

Transport written question – answered on 4th July 2011.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many ticketing and settlement agreements are applicable to rail passenger services in the UK; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each agreement. [R]

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

holding answer 22 June 2011

There is only one Ticketing and Settlement Agreement (TSA) and it is the agreement between train operating companies (TOCs) that sets out how fares are created, honoured, and sold, and how revenue is settled. The TSA preserves through ticketing and ticket inter-availability, and provides the mechanism by which ticket retailing is regulated.

Each TOC's franchise agreement with the Secretary of State, and passenger licence granted by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), requires it to be a party to and comply with the TSA.

The TSA can be accessed by the following links.

1. The main agreement

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/66236/response/169201/attach/7/Appendix%20V.pdf

2. The schedules

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/66236/response/169201/attach/8/Appendix%20VI.pdf

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