The Government remains committed to the franchising model, which has continued to deliver benefits for fare payers and tax payers alike.
Clearly lessons need to be learned from the West Coast franchise which is why the Secretary of State has set up the Laidlaw inquiry review to look in detail at what went wrong in the West Coast franchise competition.
We want to progress this as quickly as possible, but we also want to get it right. It will take time for the Department to implement any proposed changes into future franchise competitions.
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