Railways: South West

Department for Transport written question – answered on 27th June 2016.

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Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller Chair, Women and Equalities Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to issue the invitation to tender for the South Western rail franchise; and whether the delay to date in issuing it will affect the scheduled dates for the award and start of the franchise agreement.

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

The invitation to tender (ITT) for the South Western franchise was issued to bidders on 9 June. I expect to make the contract award in February 2017, and for the new franchise to commence in June 2017, as scheduled. I expect to publish the ITT at the start of July.

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