6 December 2012
Campaign for Better Transport has responded to 'the West Coast Main Line: Final report of the Laidlaw inquiry' (also known as the Laidlaw report)
Richard Hebditch, Campaigns Director for Campaign for Better Transport said
"The Department for Transport response to the Laidlaw report sets out changes to how franchise processes are managed. But the real problem is the one-size fits all approach to rail franchises in the first place, with Whitehall civil servants deciding what's best for services across the country just on how much they might get back in premium payments from train companies."
"We need to change the model so that decisions are based much more on what passengers want and devolve more responsibility for deciding franchises to those best placed to make the best decision for their region."
Notes to Editors
1.Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).
2.Campaign for Better Transport has previously published core standards for rail franchises. These are available on the Campaign's website.
3.Campaign for Better Transport is carrying out research into the London Overground and Merseyrail franchise models to be published in the New Year. These differ to the Department for Transport approach and are focused on passenger outcomes set by Transport for London and Merseytravel.