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Railways: Franchises

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 213446, tabled on 4 November 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2014 to Question 212594, what the cost has been of each (a) direct award and (b) franchise extension since September 2012.

Answered on

7 November 2014

The costs of negotiating the Direct Awards and Franchise Extensions since September 2012 are shown in the table below. Except where noted, figures include staff costs, advisers and “non-pay” administrative costs (for example, IT facilities, training and travel expenses). All figures include VAT.


Cost (£K)


West Coast (2012)


See Note 1 below



Estimated adviser costs – staff costs and “non-pay” not included – see Note 2 below

First Capital Connect


Staff costs and “non-pay” not included – see Note 2 below

Great Western

(First Direct Award)


Estimated adviser costs – staff costs and “non-pay” not included – see Note 2 below



Greater Anglia


West Coast (2014)




Note 1: The bulk of the costs relating to the 2012 West Coast franchise extension were charged to the re-franchising project and have not been scored separately.

Note 2: The initial Direct Awards (C2C, First Capital Connect and Great Western First Direct Award) were negotiated using resources redirected from elsewhere in the Department. We therefore have limited specific information relating to the costs of negotiating these deals.

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