Railways: North of England

Department for Transport written question – answered on 8th December 2014.

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Photo of David Blunkett David Blunkett Labour, Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2014 to Question 213982, if he will redesign the specification for the new contracting commissioning programme to take account of future plans for upgrading and improving the existing offer to travellers on the TransPennine routes; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The specifications for each franchise take into account future plans for upgrading and improving the network during the expected life of the new franchises. The Department for Transport also conducts public consultations when developing the specifications contained within the Invitations to Tender (ITTs) for each competition to ensure that they take account of other factors and reflect the needs of passengers. We have followed this approach for the current TransPennine Express franchise and expect to continue to do so for future competitions including those for any future TransPennine Express franchise, to ensure that franchises continue to deliver for passengers and taxpayers.

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