No de­ci­sions yet on XC fran­chise

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No com­mit­ment has been made to ex­tend Cross­Coun­try’s fran­chise beyond next Oc­to­ber.

Rail Min­is­ter An­drew Jones, re­spond­ing to Shadow Trans­port Sec­re­tary Andy McDon­ald in a Com­mons Writ­ten Re­ply on Novem­ber 15, said the cur­rent XC deal was due to end in Oc­to­ber 2019 with an op­tion to ex­tend it for a year.

“We are cur­rently re­view­ing op­tions for the Cross­Coun­try fran­chise and are there­fore un­able to make any com­ment as to what and when any de­ci­sions will be made,” he told McDon­ald.

Run by Ar­riva since Novem­ber 2007, DfT can­celled a com­pe­ti­tion to find a new XC op­er­a­tor af­ter it launched the Wil­liams Re­view ( RAIL 862).

The Gov­ern­ment had is­sued a ten­der no­tice pos­si­bly ex­tend­ing the deal un­til 2024.

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