DfT unlikely to repeat GTR model

GTR 700109 at Blackfriars on May 24. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Rail Minister Paul Maynard has said it is unlikely that the Department for Transport will “wish to let such a franchise in the future”, when discussing Govia Thameslink Railway.

Responding to a Commons Written Question from Henry Smith (Conservative, Crawley) on September 13, Maynard reiterated his stance from his appearance before the Transport Select Committee, relating to the issues affecting GTR.

 “The size of the franchise is a factor in this assessment,” he said. “However, I believe that with the measures recently announced this franchise should deliver a better passenger experience in the future.

  • For the rest of this story, read RAIL 810, published on September 28.
  • For more on the Southern situation, read RAIL 810, published on September 28.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 20/09/2016 01:03

    GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) will end their franchise in 2021 with Thameslink & Great Northern to be split or to remain as "TGN" but to lose Southern and Gatwick Express (TSGN) to another rival train company (ie National Express, Abellio, MTR, First, Stagecoach & Arriva) as Southern and Gatwick Express may be branded as a new franchise as SRGE (Southern Railway Gatwick Express) if Govia/Go Ahead does lose the TSGN franchise.

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