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2001-07-16 ATO-001


Franchise extensions not a long-term solution says ATOC

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Association of Train Operating Companies

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Franchise extensions not a long-term solution says ATOC

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16 July 2001
source ATOC
type Press release

Train operators today welcomed moves by the Government to encourage short-term improvements to rail services.

Commenting on Transport Secretary Stephen Byers' announcement of a change in franchising policy, ATOC Director General, George Muir, said:

"The present re-franchising process has stalled. Any proposal which can break through the current blockage is to be welcomed. "In the short term, franchise extensions may help to bring early passenger benefits and some of our members will want to get on with the business of negotiating these as quickly as possible.

"But in many cases, only longer-term re-franchising will deliver the investment to pay for the sort of improvements in punctuality, comfort and safety that rail operators, passengers and the Government want to see. We want to continue to work with Government to achieve that aim."


For more information: ATOC press office 020 7904 3010

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