Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Seeking assurances on Great Western rail franchise

It is disappointing that the West Coast Main Line contract has had to be cancelled, leading to the suspension of bidding on all other rail franchises put out to tender. As affected franchises include the Great Western rail franchise I have today written to the Secretary of State for Transport to request further information on how the bidding suspension will affect the new franchise.

It remains vitally important that we secure the local rail services we need through the new Great Western rail franchise. I am pleased that the Government is examining in full the mistakes made in the West Coast Main Line contract, and I will continue to urge Ministers to do all they can to get the Great Western rail franchise right so that we can deliver the right rail services for Cornwall.

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