South Eastern Rail Franchise:Written question - 9596

Q
(Bexleyheath and Crayford)
Asked on: 29 January 2020
Department for Transport
South Eastern Rail Franchise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for announcing the successful bidder of the South Eastern Rail Franchise.
A
Answered by: Chris Heaton-Harris
Answered on: 06 February 2020

Following the decision to cancel the South Eastern Franchise competition, the Department is developing a solution to deliver benefits to passengers as quickly as possible. In the immediate term, the Department is considering the most appropriate route to contract the franchise after 1 April 2020. This could be in the form of either another Direct Award with the incumbent operator, or the transfer of the franchise to the Operator of Last Resort. A decision, that puts passengers interests first, will be made in March.

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