To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to announce the direct contract awards to (a) First Great Western and (b) East Midlands Trains.
23 February 2015
We are currently in negotiation with both operators, in line with the published Rail Franchising Schedule.
It is anticipated that the Direct Award for the Great Western Franchise will be for three and a half years (September 2015 to March 2019), whilst that for the East Midlands Franchise will be for two years (October 2015 to October 2017).
Announcements regarding the conclusion of these negotiations will be made in due course.