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West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

Transport written question – answered on 19th 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 what role Eversheds LLP carried out on behalf of his Department in respect of (a) devising the changes to the rail franchising policy detailed in the White Paper, “Reforming our Railways: Putting the Customer First”, (b) devising the invitation to tender for the InterCity West Coast Franchise, (c) advising the Department on financial modelling for that franchise, (d) advising the Department on evaluation methodology for that franchise, (e) advising the Department on risk assessment for that franchise and (f) advising the Department on the development of a risk mitigation plan for that franchise.

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

With respect to the InterCity West Coast franchise competition, Eversheds LLP were involved in providing legal services in relation to:

(b) devising the invitation to tender for the InterCity West Coast franchise; and

(d) advising the Department on evaluation methodology for that franchise.

They were not involved in any of the other areas of work mentioned.

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