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2014-02-24 DfT-001
Department for Transport


Rail franchising: Thameslink Great Northern

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Department for Transport

Rail franchising: Thameslink Great Northern

24 February 2014
source Department for Transport
type Written statement

note Patrick McLoughlin

First Capital Connect to continue to provide services to start of the new combined Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise.

On 18 February 2014 my department announced the successful conclusion of negotiations for the direct award of a new, 6 period franchise agreement to First Capital Connect that will see that company continue to provide services from the end of their current franchise on 31 March 2014 to the start of the new combined Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise later this year.

Through this contract I have guaranteed services for passengers and ensured that the transition into the new franchise will be as smooth as possible; maximising the value for the taxpayer. This short contract is a key step in ensuring the delivery of the significant £6 billion Thameslink programme, which will transform the lives of rail passengers in the south east through the delivery of new trains and more capacity; allowing 24 trains per hour through some of the most congested routes in the country.

The current franchise expires at 1:59am on 1 April 2014, at the end of the previous day’s services.

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