Govia Thameslink Railway: Franchises

Department for Transport written question – answered on 12th December 2018.

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Photo of Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Labour, Enfield North

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has completed its hard review of the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise; and if he will make statement.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

The Department has concluded that the disruption on this network was caused by a series of mistakes and complex issues across the rail industry. This is in line with Professor Stephen Glaister’s interim report.

The Government is holding GTR to account for their role in the unacceptable performance following the introduction of the May timetable. To this end, GTR will make no profit from its franchise in this financial year. Looking ahead, we have also capped the amount of profit that the operator is able to make for the remainder of its franchise, which is due to expire in September 2021.

Furthermore, GTR will be contributing £15m towards tangible improvements for passengers. This is in addition to the £15m the operator has already contributed towards compensation for passengers since the May timetable disruption.

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