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West Coast Railway Line

Transport written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officials in his Department are working on the franchise arrangements for the West Coast Main Line; and what has been the cost of negotiations on the new franchise for the West Coast Main Line since 15 August 2012.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department for Transport

As of 15 October, a core team of three officials are leading on the franchise arrangements for the West Coast Main Line supported by colleagues from other areas of the Department as required. Negotiations with interested parties regarding the future of the West Coast franchise are still underway, and for this reason the Department is unable to release information about the cost of these negotiations.

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