UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced on March 26 that Britain’s stalled passenger rail franchising programme would restart ‘immediately’ with a commitment to return the Inter-City East Coast franchise to the private sector. The Government subsidiary Directly Operated Railways has run East Coast since 2009. In addition, the Department for Transport has unveiled what it terms a 'detailed transparent timetable' for the replacement of all passenger train operating franchises over the next eight years.
McLoughlin’s statement sets out the Government’s response to the findings of a review by Eurostar Chairman Richard Brown, which was established in the wake of the collapse of the InterCity West Coast refranchising process last year. Richard has now been appointed to head a new Franchise Advisory Panel, which the Government is establishing to provide 'independent advice' and oversee DfT's work on the franchising programme.
To help put the latest developments in UK franchising into context, Young Railway Professionals and legal practice Dentons have organised an evening seminar to take place in London on April 25. We are delighted to confirm that Richard Brown has agreed to address the seminar, setting out the background to his review of the franchising process and outlining his future role.
The event will be hosted at Dentons offices at 1 Fleet Place; light refreshments will be served. The presentation and subsequent discussion is sure to be both highly topical and expertly informed, offering a first-hand opportunity for young professionals across the railway sector to get an insight into this complex but essential aspect of providing passenger services.
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18:30 Richard Brown's Presentation
19:30 Drinks Reception