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UK Government seeks input on future Rail Passenger Service Contracts

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The government will engage with the market for the first time on Rail Passenger Service Contracts, as part of major changes currently underway in the sector.

A component of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, these contracts will eventually see businesses deliver services overseen by Great British Railways.

The contracts are designed as part of a series of reforms to replace franchises, where private businesses would set the timetables on the network. Instead, these contracts will create a new pledge between the public and the private sector to deliver on hoped-for improvements to services.

The UK Government intends this system to drive reforms while removing any fragmentation, confusion and complexity in the industry. In its place it says there will be a simple, sustainable and accountable leadership, with one body to maintain and improve the infrastructure, to foster innovation, build trust in the system and attract more passengers back to the network.

In this first engagement, on 4 November, the government will talk to potential bidders about what the future commercial model entails, as well as answer questions they might have. The Department for Transport says is it keen to seen new faces as well as established names which currently serve rail.

Chris Heaton-Harris MP.

Rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “Our Plan for Rail will deliver the most significant reforms to our railways in a generation. Unlocking the expertise, investment and ingenuity of the private sector – including new and ambitious market entrants – is vital to delivering the reforms that put passengers first.

“I encourage all those interested in playing a central role in the future of Britain’s railways to engage with this process, helping build a railway that is fit for the future.”

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