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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-27more like thismore than 2019-03-27
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Franchises remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has plans to exclude successful rail franchise bidders from bidding for other rail franchises in the interests of competition. more like this
tabling member constituency Middlesbrough more like this
tabling member printed
Andy McDonald more like this
uin 237735 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-04-03more like thismore than 2019-04-03
answer text <p>The Department does not exclude successful bidders from bidding for other franchises because this is a matter for the relevant competition authority. The award of a franchise may constitute a relevant merger situation under the Enterprise Act 2002, or a concentration under the EU Merger Regulation, and therefore may be investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority or European Commission, depending on the identity of the bidder. The Department does ask bidders to submit an assessment of the competition impacts of their bid.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-03T13:10:38.003Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-03T13:10:38.003Z
answering member
3996
label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
tabling member
4269
label Biography information for Andy McDonald more like this
1091351
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-19more like thismore than 2019-03-19
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Franchises remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the revenue implications for his Department of requiring rail franchisees to provide part-time season tickets; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Brighton, Pavilion more like this
tabling member printed
Caroline Lucas more like this
uin 234180 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-25more like thismore than 2019-03-25
answer text <p>Several existing franchises have commitments to develop part time seasons as part of their franchise, and the revenue implications for this would have been considered as part of the net premia or subsidy bid for the franchise overall.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, the Secretary of State requires bidders for rail franchises to propose initiatives that give customers who travel less than 5 days a week a better value-for-money option. These proposals are then contracted into the respective Franchise Agreements to offer a product or products in addition to existing season tickets. We continue to challenge the rail industry to develop proposals for pricing and delivering more flexible ticketing options for those who work or commute part-time.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
grouped question UIN 234181 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-25T15:23:25.047Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-25T15:23:25.047Z
answering member
3996
label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
tabling member
3930
label Biography information for Caroline Lucas more like this
1091352
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-19more like thismore than 2019-03-19
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Franchises remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require rail franchisees to provide part-time season tickets. more like this
tabling member constituency Brighton, Pavilion more like this
tabling member printed
Caroline Lucas more like this
uin 234181 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-25more like thismore than 2019-03-25
answer text <p>Several existing franchises have commitments to develop part time seasons as part of their franchise, and the revenue implications for this would have been considered as part of the net premia or subsidy bid for the franchise overall.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, the Secretary of State requires bidders for rail franchises to propose initiatives that give customers who travel less than 5 days a week a better value-for-money option. These proposals are then contracted into the respective Franchise Agreements to offer a product or products in addition to existing season tickets. We continue to challenge the rail industry to develop proposals for pricing and delivering more flexible ticketing options for those who work or commute part-time.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
grouped question UIN 234180 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-25T15:23:25.107Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-25T15:23:25.107Z
answering member
3996
label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
tabling member
3930
label Biography information for Caroline Lucas more like this
1086543
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-11more like thismore than 2019-03-11
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Franchises remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what railway franchises currently operate under a direct award contract; and for each such franchise when the contract (a) become live and (b) is due to expire. more like this
tabling member constituency Kilmarnock and Loudoun more like this
tabling member printed
Alan Brown more like this
uin 230777 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-14more like thismore than 2019-03-14
answer text <p>Details of direct award contracts for rail franchises are published on the Public Register of Rail Passenger Franchise Agreements, which is available at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/public-register-of-rail-passenger-franchise-agreements" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/public-register-of-rail-passenger-franchise-agreements</a></p> more like this
answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-14T11:05:13.927Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-14T11:05:13.927Z
answering member
3996
label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
tabling member
4470
label Biography information for Alan Brown more like this
1041226
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-14more like thismore than 2019-01-14
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Franchises remove filter
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to amend the rail franchise bidding process and franchise specification to require bidders for a franchise to assess the scope for utilising unused capacity at certain times of day on passenger services for the carriage of lower volume and higher value freight. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Randerson more like this
uin HL12808 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-17more like thismore than 2019-01-17
answer text <p>The Government is committed to transporting more goods by rail and we support the carriage of goods on passenger trains. Our Rail Freight Strategy, published in September 2016, identified the opportunity for the use of space on passenger rail services to transport goods.</p><p> </p><p>The Department for Transport’s freight and franchising teams are working closely to ensure that current and future freight flows are properly considered as part of the franchise design process. We encourage passenger operators to explore innovative ways to exploit the carriage of goods on passenger services, and would be supportive of proposals to do so in the bidding process.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Sugg more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-01-17T11:52:22.397Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-17T11:52:22.397Z
answering member
4584
label Biography information for Baroness Sugg more like this
tabling member
4230
label Biography information for Baroness Randerson more like this
1036902
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-07more like thismore than 2019-01-07
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Franchises remove filter
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of auctions to award rail franchises; and whether they intend to use the same process to award future franchises. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Myners more like this
uin HL12544 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-17more like thismore than 2019-01-17
answer text <p>The Williams Rail Review is looking at the current franchising system and considering how it can best support the public and private sector to work together, while delivering benefits for passengers, freight and taxpayers.</p><p> </p><p>The Department will publish a White Paper on the review’s recommendations, with the implementation of reforms planned to start from 2020. Whilst the Review is underway, we will continue to work closely with the industry to ensure that rail delivers the day-to-day performance and transformational improvements that passengers expect.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Sugg more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-01-17T13:28:43.13Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-17T13:28:43.13Z
answering member
4584
label Biography information for Baroness Sugg more like this
tabling member
3869
label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
1020479
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-12-05more like thismore than 2018-12-05
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Franchises remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which rail franchises are required to provide train services on Boxing Day, and what those requirements are for each franchise. more like this
tabling member constituency Keighley more like this
tabling member printed
John Grogan more like this
uin 199294 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-12-10more like thismore than 2018-12-10
answer text <p>Franchise Agreement train service specification (typically Train Service Requirements) are published on the .GOV website and the General Provisions include the specified service requirements for Bank Holidays and Boxing Day, the table below lists the requirements per franchised operator.</p><p> </p><p>The Christmas and New Year period is historically a time for major engineering works around the rail network as fewer people are travelling, therefore the ability to schedule the specified Boxing Day train services may be adversely affected.</p><p> </p><p>All operators publish changes to their train services for Christmas and New Year, such advice is available through the National Rail website under “Holidays and events.”</p><p> </p><p>Boxing Day (26 December 2018) service requirements:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Franchise (TOC)</p></td><td><p>Franchise Agreement requirement and Boxing Day services</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Chiltern</strong> (Chiltern Railways)</p></td><td><p>No services are required</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Cross-Country</strong> (ArrivaXC)</p></td><td><p>No services are required</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>East Anglia</strong> (GreaterAnglia)</p></td><td><p>On Boxing Day, train services shall be provided between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport, calling at Tottenham Hale (or Seven Sisters), Harlow Town and Bishop’s Stortford. The First Service shall arrive at Stansted Airport no later than 0715 and the Last Service shall depart London no earlier than 2315 such that a minimum of 35 services are provided between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport. The First Service from Stansted Airport shall arrive at London no later than 0720 and the Last Service shall depart Stansted Airport no earlier than 0030 such that a minimum of 37 services are provided between Stansted Airport and London Liverpool Street. [This year a half-hourly Stansted Express train service to/from Tottenham Hale].</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>East Midlands</strong> (EMTrains)</p></td><td><p>No services are required</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Essex Thameside</strong> (c2c)</p></td><td><p>No services are required</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Great Western</strong> (GWR)</p></td><td><p>No services are required</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Integrated Kent Franchise</strong> (Southeastern Railway)</p></td><td><p>No services are required. [This year a High Speed (HS1) service will run between London St Pancras International and Ashford International].</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>LNER</strong></p></td><td><p>No services are required</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Inter-City West Coast</strong> (Virgin Trains)</p></td><td><p>No services are required</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Northern</strong> (Arriva Rail North)</p></td><td><p>For the duration of Train Service Requirement(s) 2 and 3, on Boxing Day the Franchisee shall operate a minimum of sixty (60) Passenger Services, on such Routes as the Franchisee may determine. [Northern have requested that this not be delivered for this coming Boxing Day, this is a matter for Rail North who is currently considering this request].</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>South Western</strong> (SWR)</p></td><td><p>No services are required</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Thameslink Southern &amp; Great Northern</strong> (GTR)</p></td><td><p>Train services between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport at half-hourly intervals, to operate from approximately 0500 until approximately 2300; From approximately 0830 until approximately 2100; (i) train services between London Victoria and Three Bridges at half-hourly intervals, calling intermediately at Clapham Junction, East Croydon and Gatwick Airport. Alternate services shall be extended to call at Haywards Heath and Brighton to provide an hourly service between those stations and London Victoria. The requirements for these services may be combined with those between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport; and (ii) stopping train services at half-hourly intervals between: (A) London Victoria and Sutton via Selhurst; and (B) London Victoria and East Croydon via Crystal Palace. [These services will run from London Bridge this year due to infrastructure works preventing services from serving London Victoria. Ticket acceptance is in place and passengers are able to use their ticket on London Underground services between London Victoria and London Bridge].</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Trans-Pennine Express</strong> (First TPE)</p></td><td><p>No services are required</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>West Midlands</strong> (West Midland Trains)</p></td><td><p>No services are required</p></td></tr></tbody></table>
answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-10T16:28:03.617Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-10T16:28:03.617Z
answering member
3996
label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
tabling member
382
label Biography information for John Grogan more like this
1006877
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-14more like thismore than 2018-11-14
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Franchises remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's policy is on issuing letters of comfort to train operating companies in relation to railway franchises; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency York Central more like this
tabling member printed
Rachael Maskell more like this
uin 191437 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-19more like thismore than 2018-11-19
answer text <p>The Department manages rail franchise agreements in line with Managing Public Money guidance.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-19T17:28:57.51Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-19T17:28:57.51Z
answering member
3996
label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
tabling member
4471
label Biography information for Rachael Maskell more like this
990428
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-10-18more like thismore than 2018-10-18
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Franchises remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of the franchise competitions for (a) Southeastern, (b) East Midlands Trains and (c) West Cost trains. more like this
tabling member constituency Middlesbrough more like this
tabling member printed
Andy McDonald more like this
uin 181282 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-10-26more like thismore than 2018-10-26
answer text <p>The spend to date from the inception of each franchising project, plus forecast future spend, is shown in the table below. These figures are primarily adviser costs (financial, technical and legal) plus contingent labour. Franchises are complex transactions and the expenditure helps deliver a robust commercial position, passenger benefits and taxpayer value over the franchise life. The recently announced Rail Review being led by Keith Williams will consider all parts of the rail industry, from the current franchising system and industry structures, to accountability and value for money for passengers and taxpayers.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Competition</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>Spend to date</p></td><td><p>Forecast to March 19</p></td><td><p>Estimated cost to the public purse</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>a) South Eastern</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>5,558,025.52</p></td><td><p>926,620.00</p></td><td><p>6,484,645.52</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>b) East Midlands</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>3,686,461.89</p></td><td><p>2,476,040.00</p></td><td><p>6,162,501.89</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>c) West Coast</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>12,444,887.71</p></td><td><p>2,922,110.00</p></td><td><p>15,366,997.71</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Total</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>21,689,375.12</p></td><td><p>6,324,770.00</p></td><td><p>28,014,145.12</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p>
answering member constituency Orpington more like this
answering member printed Joseph Johnson more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-10-26T07:34:24.62Zmore like thismore than 2018-10-26T07:34:24.62Z
answering member
4039
label Biography information for Joseph Johnson more like this
tabling member
4269
label Biography information for Andy McDonald more like this
964164
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-09-03more like thismore than 2018-09-03
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Franchises remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department requires operators of rail franchises to have a standard claims policy for delayed trains. more like this
tabling member constituency Brighton, Kemptown more like this
tabling member printed
Lloyd Russell-Moyle more like this
uin 169712 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-09-13more like thismore than 2018-09-13
answer text <p>The minimum standards for delay compensation are set out in the National Rail Conditions of Travel (NRCoT). Franchised Train Operating Companies (TOCs) are required to have in place a Passenger’s Charter which includes their specific arrangements for compensation for passengers, with most franchised TOCs offering more than the NRCoT minimum.</p><p> </p><p>The Department for Transport has improved the compensation offer by introducing the Delay Repay scheme on all franchises that have been awarded since 2007. Delay Repay is now in place on the majority of franchised TOCs and provides compensation of at least 50% of the ticket price for delays to journeys of 30 minutes or more, whatever the cause of the delay or cancellation and whatever the type of ticket. The Department has further improved the compensation offer by introducing Delay Repay for delays of 15 minutes or more. This now operates on GTR, South Western, West Midlands and c2c and is being introduced on other franchises as these come up for renewal.</p>
answering member constituency Orpington more like this
answering member printed Joseph Johnson more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-09-13T08:51:20.447Zmore like thismore than 2018-09-13T08:51:20.447Z
answering member
4039
label Biography information for Joseph Johnson more like this
tabling member
4615
label Biography information for Lloyd Russell-Moyle more like this