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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
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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
937799
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-07-10more like thismore than 2018-07-10
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, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2018 to Question 132026 on Railways: Franchises, if he will place an updated copy of the contracted franchise payment profiles for all train operating companies in the Library before the summer recess. more like this
tabling member constituency Gateshead more like this
tabling member printed
Ian Mearns more like this
uin 162533 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-07-16more like thismore than 2018-07-16
answer text <p>The Department has reviewed the contracted franchise payment profiles and concluded that this information is commercially sensitive and so cannot be placed in the Library.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Orpington more like this
answering member printed Joseph Johnson more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-07-16T15:01:36.04Zmore like thismore than 2018-07-16T15:01:36.04Z
answering member
4039
label Biography information for Joseph Johnson more like this
tabling member
4000
label Biography information for Ian Mearns more like this
915093
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-06-01more like thismore than 2018-06-01
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, with reference to the disruption caused by the introduction of the new Govia Thameslink Railway timetable, if he will cancel the franchise agreement with (a) that company and (b) Southeastern and pass responsibility for their services to Transport for London. more like this
tabling member constituency Dulwich and West Norwood more like this
tabling member printed
Helen Hayes more like this
uin 148975 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-06-11more like thismore than 2018-06-11
answer text <p>The disruption to passengers on Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) services has been completely unsatisfactory. The Southeastern timetable introduced on 20 May is generally performing well, but the disruption on GTR services has had a knock on impact on some Southeastern services. Ministers and officials in the Department and are working around the clock with GTR to take steps to swiftly stabilise the train services including monitoring on-going performance and working closely with stakeholders to agree a revised and more consistent timetable.</p><p> </p><p>In due course we will assess whether GTR met their contractual obligations and if they found to have materially breached the Franchise Agreement the Department will take the appropriate enforcement actions.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Govia Thameslink Railway and SouthEastern customers are entitled and encouraged to apply to their train operator for Delay Repay compensation for affected journeys. The Secretary of State has also announced a special compensation scheme for GTR customers. It is to be funded by the rail industry and will ensure regular rail customers receive appropriate redress for the disruption they have experienced.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>We are in regular discussions with both Govia Thameslink Railway, SouthEastern, Network Rail and other train operating companies about the disruption to train services. We have made it explicitly clear that the current disruption which passengers are facing is totally unacceptable. It is the Department’s number one priority to restore timetable reliability as soon as possible.</p><p> </p><p>My officials and I are in regular discussions with both Govia Thameslink Railway and SouthEastern, as well as Network Rail and other train operating companies. We have made it explicitly clear that the current disruption that passengers are facing is totally unacceptable. GTR are now removing services in advance from their timetable rather than on the day and reducing weekend services to pre-May levels in order to provide greater certainty to passengers. This will be in place until a full re-planning of driver resourcing can take place.</p>
answering member constituency Orpington more like this
answering member printed Joseph Johnson more like this
grouped question UIN
148970 more like this
148971 more like this
148972 more like this
148973 more like this
148974 more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-06-11T16:24:28.093Zmore like thismore than 2018-06-11T16:24:28.093Z
answering member
4039
label Biography information for Joseph Johnson more like this
tabling member
4510
label Biography information for Helen Hayes more like this
906467
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-05-17more like thismore than 2018-05-17
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 which companies operate rail services in the UK; on which routes each company operates; and for each route, when the contract comes to an end. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
uin HL7980 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-05-30more like thismore than 2018-05-30
answer text <p>The information requested is in the table below:</p><p><strong> </strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>DfT-managed Franchise</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Official Expiry Date</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Train Operating Company</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wales and Borders</p></td><td><p>14-Oct-18</p></td><td><p>Arriva Trains Wales (see note 1)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>East Coast</p></td><td><p>24-Jun-18</p></td><td><p>Virgin Trains East Coast</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>East Midlands</p></td><td><p>03-Mar-19</p></td><td><p>East Midlands Trains (see note 2)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South Eastern</p></td><td><p>01-Apr-19</p></td><td><p>Southeastern</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Cross Country</p></td><td><p>13-Oct-19</p></td><td><p>Arriva Cross Country (see note 3)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>West Coast</p></td><td><p>01-Apr-19</p></td><td><p>Virgin Trains West Coast (see note 4)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Great Western</p></td><td><p>01-Apr-20</p></td><td><p>Great Western Railway (see note 5)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>TSGN</p></td><td><p>19-Sep-21</p></td><td><p>Govia Thameslink Railway</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Chiltern</p></td><td><p>12-Dec-21</p></td><td><p>Chiltern Railways</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>TPE</p></td><td><p>01-Apr-23</p></td><td><p>First Trans Pennine Express</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South Western</p></td><td><p>18-Aug-24</p></td><td><p>South Western Railways</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Northern</p></td><td><p>01-Apr-25</p></td><td><p>Northern Rail</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>East Anglia</p></td><td><p>12-Oct-25</p></td><td><p>Greater Anglia</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>West Midlands</p></td><td><p>01-Apr-26</p></td><td><p>West Midlands Trains</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Essex Thameside</p></td><td><p>11-Nov-29</p></td><td><p>C2C</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong>Notes</strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>1 </strong>The UK Government has agreed in principle to transfer franchising powers to the Welsh Government who are leading and undertaking the procurement of the next Wales and Borders Franchise.</p><p> </p><p>2 Anticipated direct award until 18 Aug 19. As shown on the Rail Franchise Schedule (Jul 17)</p><p> </p><p>3 Assumed that at least 2 additional rail periods (Dec 19) will be utilised. As shown on the Rail Franchise Schedule (Jul 17)</p><p> </p><p>4 Assumed that additional rail periods will be utilised to align with the West Coast Partnership start date (15 Sep 19)</p><p> </p><p>5 Anticipated direct award until Apr 22 as announced in the Strategic Vision for Rail</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member printed Baroness Sugg more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-05-30T13:11:18.43Zmore like thismore than 2018-05-30T13:11:18.43Z
answering member
4584
label Biography information for Baroness Sugg more like this
tabling member
4153
label Biography information for Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
900121
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-05-08more like thismore than 2018-05-08
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 comparative assessment he has made of the profit margins of (a) First Great Western and (b) other rail franchises; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Middlesbrough more like this
tabling member printed
Andy McDonald more like this
uin 141804 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-05-11more like thismore than 2018-05-11
answer text <p>Profit margins at each Train Operating Company (TOC) each year are dependent on a range of different factors. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) publishes comparable TOC-by-TOC financial data here: <a href="http://orr.gov.uk/rail/publications/reports/uk-rail-industry-financial-information/uk-rail-industry-financial-information-2016-17" target="_blank">http://orr.gov.uk/rail/publications/reports/uk-rail-industry-financial-information/uk-rail-industry-financial-information-2016-17</a>. This shows that profit margins are less than 3p in the pound across the TOCs. This data is collated and published annually by the independent ORR.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Orpington more like this
answering member printed Joseph Johnson more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-05-11T10:13:43.103Zmore like thismore than 2018-05-11T10:13:43.103Z
answering member
4039
label Biography information for Joseph Johnson more like this
tabling member
4269
label Biography information for Andy McDonald more like this