The DfT confirmed in yesterday’s Great Western Rail Franchise Briefing Document that it won’t split up the franchise, but calls for more decentralisation, which could improve cooperation with councils and other local groups.
With the franchise due for renewal at the end of March 2020, proposed additions to priorities for the future tender include cheap fares and simpler pricing, more services, and better connectivity.
Incorporated into this networking dinner will be two tailored debates, the first focusing on the Western Rail Link to Heathrow Route, which would speed up journeys to Heathrow Airport.
The second debate will focus on the wider objectives of the route, including the key issues emerging from the consultation, the progress to date and the next steps. This includes:
- Franchise objectives for the 2020s
- Franchise Priorities & Structure
- Improvements to services
- Rolling Stock
- Stakeholder and Community Engagement
- Key enhancement
For more information on the event contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 0161 519 8950.