East Coast Main Line: Train Operating Companies

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 18 April 2024.

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Photo of John Penrose John Penrose Conservative, Weston-Super-Mare

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the new rail capacity created by the East Coast Main Line upgrade works will be allocated to open access rail services.

Photo of Huw Merriman Huw Merriman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Department for Transport does not specify the allocation of increased capacity. However, open access operators may apply to utilise available capacity alongside operators contracted by Government. It will then be a matter for Network Rail and the Office of Rail and Road to decide through the established systems and processes how capacity should ultimately be allocated.

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