Wales and Borders Rail Franchise

Department for Transport written question – answered on 23rd January 2019.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason it was decided to give responsibility for the Wales and Borders rail franchise to the Welsh Government.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The management of the Wales & Borders franchise has been devolved to the Welsh Government (and its predecessor the Welsh Assembly Government) since April 2006. In 2018, those devolution arrangements were further strengthened in line with one of the recommendations of the Commission on Devolution in Wales (‘the Silk Commission’). In particular, the Welsh Government additionally took over responsibility for letting new Wales & Borders franchises from the Department for Transport.

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