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Statement on West Coast franchise announcement

3 October 2012
The Campaign for Better Transport has reacted to the Government's announcement concerning the cancellation of the West Coast Main Line rail franchise competition.

Richard Hebditch, Campaigns Director, said

"This extraordinary announcement highlights the weaknesses in the franchise process. It's a process that puts finance first rather than passengers, but now it seems we can't even rely on the numbers for that. The Government's review of franchises must now be used to look at how we can get rail services that meet passengers' needs and grow and improve our railway."

ENDS

1. The Department for Transport announced that the competition to run the West Coast Main Line franchise from December has been cancelled. Full details on the announcement can be found on the Department for Transport website.