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unstar this property date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading East Coast Railway Line remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the long-term access rights for Grand Central on the East Coast Main Line require them to pay the same access charge as Intercity East Coast; and, if not, why not. more like this
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Lord Bradshaw more like this
star this property uin HL2255 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
star this property answer text <p>Grand Central will not pay the same access charges as Intercity East Coast as Open Access Operators do not pay Fixed Track Access Charges (FTAC). However, both Franchised and Open Access Operators pay Variable Track Access Charges (VTAC) since these are set to reflect the direct ‘wear and tear’ costs that train services impose on the network when they are run.</p><p> </p><p>For Control Period 5 (CP5) the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has held <ins class="ministerial">the Capacity Charge element of VTAC at CP4 levels for services currently run by existing passenger Open Access Operators, however they will pay CP5 rates for any additional or new services whilst any new entrant Open Access Operator will pay CP4 rates on services below a set threshold and CP5 rates on services above that threshold. </ins><del class="ministerial">Open Access (both passenger and freight) VTAC at CP4 levels, whilst</del> Franchised Operators pay the new, higher CP5 rates<del class="ministerial">.</del> <ins class="ministerial">for both existing and new services.  However, this is the only element of VTAC that is calculated on a different basis.</ins></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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less than 2014-10-28T15:24:42.437Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T15:24:42.437Z
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less than 2015-01-12T16:11:35.18Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-12T16:11:35.18Z
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1557
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
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24717
star this property answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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1557
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
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2483
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bradshaw more like this
100048
star this property registered interest false more like this
unstar this property date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading East Coast Railway Line remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact they consider that the long-term access rights for Grand Central on the East Coast Main Line will have on the premium payments generated by the Intercity East Coast franchise. more like this
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Lord Bradshaw more like this
star this property uin HL2254 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Transport has forecast premiums for the purposes of the competition for the InterCity East Coast franchise. These forecasts take into account Grand Central’s access rights at their current levels. The Invitation to Tender for the InterCity East Coast franchise competition includes a Risk Assumption relating to the impact of an expansion of Open Access operations.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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less than 2014-10-28T15:25:22.6907056Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T15:25:22.6907056Z
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1557
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
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2483
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bradshaw more like this
100068
star this property registered interest false more like this
unstar this property date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading East Coast Railway Line remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether East Coast Rail has carried out any study or projections of what would be the effect of converting one carriage on the East Coast intercity from first class to second class. more like this
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
star this property uin HL2274 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
star this property answer text <p>East Coast has conducted some limited analysis on the effect of converting first to standard class carriages on the franchise. Their analysis shows that standard class is not currently capacity constrained. As such, they consider that there is no immediate demand for more standard class carriages and, especially considering the upcoming introduction of the new InterCity Express trains, such a conversion is not likely to provide the best outcome for East Coast passengers or taxpayers.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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less than 2014-10-28T15:27:09.9865432Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T15:27:09.9865432Z
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1557
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
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2024
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
166848
star this property registered interest false more like this
unstar this property date less than 2014-12-01more like thismore than 2014-12-01
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading East Coast Railway Line remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the annual profits to be made by the successful bidders for the East Coast rail franchise. more like this
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Lord Beecham more like this
star this property uin HL3266 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-09more like thismore than 2014-12-09
star this property answer text <p>The level of profit bid by Inter City Railways Limited is commercially sensitive. It is not guaranteed and is commensurate with the risks associated with a franchise of this size and nature. The Government has put in place a profit cap and profit sharing mechanism to prevent any possibility of “over-compensation”.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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less than 2014-12-09T13:04:24.867Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-09T13:04:24.867Z
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1557
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
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4181
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham more like this
166849
star this property registered interest false more like this
unstar this property date less than 2014-12-01more like thismore than 2014-12-01
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading East Coast Railway Line remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision, if any, will be made in the contract for the East Coast rail franchise to ensure that all profits accruing to the franchisees are subject to United Kingdom taxes. more like this
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Lord Beecham more like this
star this property uin HL3267 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-10more like thismore than 2014-12-10
star this property answer text <p>Inter City Railways Limited is a company registered in England and Wales and thus subject to relevant tax obligations. They are purchasing East Coast Main Line Limited as part of this franchise, which is also registered in England and Wales and compliant with relevant tax obligations. In addition, the Franchise Agreement includes provisions to monitor tax compliance during the life of the franchise.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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less than 2014-12-10T14:52:05.693Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-10T14:52:05.693Z
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1557
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
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4181
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham more like this
172640
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unstar this property date less than 2015-01-07more like thismore than 2015-01-07
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading East Coast Railway Line remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the infrastructure of the East Coast Main Line to facilitate the improvements to the train services which they have agreed with the new operator of the franchise, Virgin East Coast; and whether these plans are compatible with the outstanding applications of the "open access" operators and the known freight obligations. more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Lord Bradshaw more like this
star this property uin HL3974 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-14more like thismore than 2015-01-14
star this property answer text <p>The Government, as part of the Rail Investment Strategy (RIS) for CP5, provided a £240m connectivity fund for infrastructure improvements on the East Coast Main Line. The apportionment of this fund is being administered by an industry programme board and enhancements under the fund are to deliver an increase in capacity, which the new franchise plans to utilise to deliver their train service.</p><p> </p><p>The new franchise will be responsible for delivering the new Intercity Express Programme (IEP) fleet of class 800 / 801 trains into service. The Government’s RIS for CP5 has specified investments of £330m on the East Coast Main Line to enable the class 800 / 801 fleet to run to a range of destinations.</p><p> </p><p>Through the franchise competition, Virgin Trains East Coast was required, as part of their bid, to protect the existing level of open access and freight services. The infrastructure improvements provided by the RIS for CP5 create additional capacity. Applications to use the capacity are currently with the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) from both the InterCity East Coast franchise and an open access operator. A decision on these applications is expected from the ORR in due course. Any decision on future aspirations for additional open access or freight services will taken by the ORR.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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less than 2015-01-14T11:41:20.833Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-14T11:41:20.833Z
star this property answering member
1557
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
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2483
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bradshaw more like this
173590
star this property registered interest false more like this
unstar this property date less than 2015-01-14more like thismore than 2015-01-14
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading East Coast Railway Line remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the infrastructure of the East Coast Main Line has sufficient capacity to enable the Virgin/Stagecoach consortium to deliver both faster and more frequent trains under the InterCity East Coast franchise. more like this
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Lord Bradshaw more like this
star this property uin HL4150 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-20more like thismore than 2015-01-20
star this property answer text <p>The enhanced infrastructure, provided by Government’s Rail Investment Strategy for Control Period 5 (2014-2019) and as part of the Intercity Express Programme (IEP), and new trains, provided by IEP, will allow Virgin Trains East Coast to deliver improvements to the East Coast train service. In addition to this any decision on the allocation of further capacity made available by these enhancements will be taken by the Office of Rail Regulation.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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less than 2015-01-20T11:58:34.393Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-20T11:58:34.393Z
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1557
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
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2483
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bradshaw more like this
173592
star this property registered interest false more like this
unstar this property date less than 2015-01-14more like thismore than 2015-01-14
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading East Coast Railway Line remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, in the light of the demand for track access exceeding the availability of train paths on the East Coast Main Line, open access operators are paying discounted variable track access charges. more like this
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Lord Bradshaw more like this
star this property uin HL4152 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-20more like thismore than 2015-01-20
star this property answer text <p>Existing Open Access Operators are charged the same Variable Track Access charges as franchised operators with the exception of the Capacity Charge. This is because implementing the full Control Period 5 (CP5) rates would equate to a real term average increase of 450% in the Capacity Charge from which Open Access Operators have no protection. In light of the Office of Rail Regulation’s statutory duties to promote the use of the railway network, protect the interests of users of railway services and to promote competition in the provision of railway services, they deemed it appropriate to hold Capacity Charge at CP4 rates for both existing services and any new entrant Open Access Operator in line with European law and their statutory duties. Any additional services introduced by existing Open Access Operators will be charged at CP5 rates.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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less than 2015-01-20T11:55:28.937Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-20T11:55:28.937Z
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1557
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
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2483
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bradshaw more like this
174088
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unstar this property date less than 2015-01-15more like thismore than 2015-01-15
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading East Coast Railway Line remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on total passenger capacity of the East Coast Main Line of the use of 280-seat trains on 17 per cent of the long distance train paths into and out of King's Cross, as compared with the 530-seat trains used by the InterCity East Coast franchise. more like this
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Lord Bradshaw more like this
star this property uin HL4191 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-20more like thismore than 2015-01-20
star this property answer text <p>Decisions on the allocation of track capacity on the railway are matters for Network Rail and the Office of Rail Regulation. Clearly, where the number of available train paths on a route is constrained, as in the case of parts of the East Coast Main Line, the use of trains with fewer seats than the maximum operationally possible would reduce passenger capacity. However there are other factors influencing the allocation of train paths, including the need for services to cover a range of different routes and stopping patterns, and the availability of rolling stock. The Government would expect such considerations to be taken into account within the decision process.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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less than 2015-01-20T11:59:30.873Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-20T11:59:30.873Z
star this property answering member
1557
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
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2483
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bradshaw more like this
177968
star this property registered interest false more like this
unstar this property date less than 2015-02-04more like thismore than 2015-02-04
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading East Coast Railway Line remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the recently completed East Coast Main Line franchise competition, how much they have spent on (1) legal, and (2) financial, advice. more like this
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Lord Bradshaw more like this
star this property uin HL4679 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-02-12more like thismore than 2015-02-12
star this property answer text <p>The table below shows the total paid to external advisors for legal and financial advice to 30 January 2015 for the franchise competition (£-excluding VAT).</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Advisors</p></td><td><p>Legal</p></td><td><p>Financial Advice</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>1,196,957.24</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>1,250,538.00</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>As the Intercity East Coast franchise competition was the first competition to be run in full since the launch of the franchising programme in March 2013 some of these costs include advice on developing new policies and processes that will be of benefit in future franchise competitions.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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less than 2015-02-12T11:58:13.413Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-12T11:58:13.413Z
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1557
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
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2483
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bradshaw more like this