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South West Trains: Franchises

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 6264, tabled on 8 July 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason he has decided not to proceed with a Direct Award to South West Trains.

Answered on

13 July 2015

After discussions with Stagecoach South West Trains (SSWT), it became clear that we were unable to reach agreement for the anticipated Direct Award.   Therefore, in order to ensure that passenger benefits are delivered beyond 2017 in a way that achieves best value for taxpayers, the Secretary of State decided to proceed with the full competition.

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