Railways: Franchises

Department for Transport written question – answered on 25th November 2015.

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Photo of Angela Rayner Angela Rayner Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many open access contracts operate on the railway; and how many such contracts are currently under consideration.

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

There are now three open access operators running passenger services on the national rail network, with a fourth planning to start in 2018. Applications from two further operators are currently under consideration by the Office of Rail and Road.

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