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East Coast Rail Franchise

Department for Transport written question – answered on 6th February 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, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2019 to Question 6129, whether the Discretionary Rejection Panel’s decision to commence the review of Stagecoach and Virgin Trains’ passport on the Virgin Trains East Coast franchise five weeks in advance of the franchise termination in June 2018 constitutes a precedent which will be followed for future franchise terminations.

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

The timing of any future Discretionary Rejection Panels that the Department holds will be based on the specifics of the franchise in question

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