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DfT rejects claims that direct rail awards fail to incentivise growth

Rhodri Clark
06 September 2022
Ian Yeowart: GWR clearly has no interest in developing or promoting its services because it has little incentive to do so
Ian Yeowart: GWR clearly has no interest in developing or promoting its services because it has little incentive to do so

 

The DfT has rejected an assertion that the direct award contracts it has issued to Train Operating Companies do not benefit taxpayers and lack incentives to attract more passengers. It has also revealed that it is in discussion with TOCs about re-doubling efforts on revenue protection.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, TOCs retained additional revenues they were able to generate through initiatives such as marketing, reducing ticketless travel and improvements to services. Under the direct awards...

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