Railways: Coronavirus

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

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Labour, Westminster North

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the condition on the additional funding to TfL that Government officials will attend TfL board meetings, whether his Department plans to appoint an external advisor to the board of each train operator with a franchise agreement with his Department.

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

The Secretary of State has not appointed an external advisor to train operator boards and has no immediate plans to do so. The Emergency Measures Agreements (EMAs) give the Department enhanced controls over financial decisions made by train operators. This includes a formal process of monthly budget reviews, allowing additional financial scrutiny of operators, with the ability for the Department to deem expenditure disallowable, in which case the train operator would have to bear the costs.

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