Reforming Rail Franchising

Date published:
22 July 2010
Closing date:
18 October 2010


This consultation discusses options to ensure that future rail franchises deliver improved services for passengers; better value for taxpayer money and create the right conditions for a sustainable rail industry. We discuss specific options such as granting longer franchise periods; alternative risk arrangements and incentives for private investment. Following its publication on 22 July, it was discovered that the consultation document 'Reforming Rail Franchising' misquoted the National Audit Office document 'Increasing Passenger Rail Capacity' on the cost of platform extensions. This reference has been removed from the document and an amended version was published on the DfT website on 28 July. We do not believe that this amendment could materially affect anyone's understanding of the issues we are consulting on. No other changes were made to the consultation document or the consultation period. We apologise for any confusion or inconvenience caused.

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Reforming Rail Franchising: Government response to consultation and policy statement (132 kb)

19 January 2011

Reforming Rail Franchising (180 kb)

22 July 2010

Reply to consultation



Rail Franchise Policy Team
Department for Transport
5/27 Great Minster House
76 Marsham Street

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