East Coast Rail Franchise

Department for Transport written question – answered on 29th January 2020.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the review of the Stagecoach and Virgin Trains passport on the Virgin Trains East Coast franchise started five weeks before his Department made the decision to terminate that contract in June 2018.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Stagecoach were informed on 27 March 2018 explaining that the Department was going to convene a Discretionary Rejection panel (the passport review panel) in anticipation of a termination event.

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