Railways: Franchises

Department for Transport written question – answered on 11th June 2015.

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Photo of Yvonne Fovargue Yvonne Fovargue Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the rail franchise system.

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

We continuously monitor a range of indicators, including performance figures and passenger satisfaction. Rail use is at its highest level since the 1920s: 1.65 billion passenger journeys were made in Great Britain on franchised passenger trains in 2014-15. The number of journeys made on the rail network has more than doubled since the introduction of the franchise system.

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