||<p>The Department published the response to its consultation on the future of the
Great Western franchise on 28 August 2018: (<a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/736146/great-western-rail-franchise-stakeholder-briefing-document.pdf"
</p><p>Decisions on policy on the specification of the next Great Western franchise
are informed by this consultation, which did not show strong demand for a buffet car
on all Intercity Express Trains.</p><p> </p>