Railways: West Midlands

Department for Transport written question – answered on 20th July 2017.

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Photo of Andy McDonald Andy McDonald Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce the award for the West Midlands rail passenger franchise; for what reasons the announcement of that award has been delayed; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Franchise competitions have always varied in how long they take to conclude, that’s one of the reasons that almost every franchise has this kind of extension facility written into it. Calling this short extension enables us to ensure, that the eventual outcome of the competition represents the best deal for passengers. We will make an announcement in due course.

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