||<p>The Department sets out the criteria for the award of rail franchises in the competition
Invitation to Tender documents which can be found on the Department’s website at gov.uk/dft.
Rolling stock procurement is undertaken through fair and open competition, usually
by train operators as part of their franchise commitments and operators may include
procurement criteria that the Department is not party to.</p><p> </p><p>Through the
Rail Sector Deal government is working with industry to promote procurement practices
that support an innovative, highly-skilled, and productive British rail supply chain.</p><p>