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Rail News: Issue Issue 21 2 Jun 2011

New West Coast award delayed as DfT considers franchising policy

May 17

The need to clarify rail franchising policy in the wake of the publication of the McNulty review into the industry’s value for money will lead the Department for Transport to postpone the start of the new West Coast franchise, industry sources have indicated.

The new contract had been due to begin in May 2012 with incumbent operator Virgin facing competition from Abellio, SNCF and FirstGroup. However, it is understood that the DfT is set to push the start date back to January 2013. The...

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