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The head of the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising was the Franchising Director (Railways Act 1993, ss1,5), who began work in November 1993.
OPRAF was responsible for letting and supervising passenger rail franchises, and continued until its functions were subsumed into the new Strategic Rail Authority (Transport Act 2000, s201 et seq.).
The first Franchising Director was Roger Salmon, followed by John O'Brien (November 1996) and finally Mike Grant (April 2000). OPRAF was abolished from 1 February 2001.