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Govia Thameslink Railway

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 49876, tabled on 24 October 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date Govia Thameslink Railways' application for force majeure was received; whether there is a date by which his Department (a) must and (b) plans to respond to that application; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

1 November 2016

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) first notified the Department on 20 April 2016 in advance of the conductors strike on 26 April 2016 that they would potentially be submitting a claim for force majeure. This claim was submitted to the Department on 1 June 2016 and GTR have submitted information on a regular basis since. The circumstances that have led to GTR submitting their claims for force majeure in this instance are exceptional in their complexity and unprecedented in scale. This is reflected in the volume of information GTR is providing to the Department. Whilst the franchise agreement does not specify a set timeframe in which these claims must be processed, the Department is processing the claims consistently with the contract to ensure that passenger and taxpayer interests are protected.

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