Rail franchising Contents


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction

Overview of franchising

Recent reviews of franchising

Structure of this report

2 Is franchising delivering for the passenger?

3 Passenger rail competition

Is there adequate competition for the market?

Open access operators

Benefits and risks of open access

Future reform for open access

4 Taxpayer support and the transfer of risk to the private sector

Taxpayer support of the railway

Financial risk in operating a franchise

5 Structure of franchising

Size and complexity of franchises

Length of franchises

6 Franchising and Network Rail

Franchising and the control periods

Incentives for performance and cooperation

Schedule 4 and 8 payments

Route-level Efficiency Benefit Sharing (REBS) mechanism

Joint working and alliancing

7 Departmental capabilities

Public consultation

Franchise competition outcomes

East Anglia competition and the Stansted Express

The franchise agreement and specification

Franchise performance monitoring

Changes to performance reporting

Franchise enforcement

Performance penalties

Revocation of a franchise

The commercial and enforcement functions of franchising

Planning and scheduling franchise competitions

Franchise competitions and infrastructure changes

Intercity West Coast Partnership

Reviewing the franchising functions of the DfT

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal Minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

2 February 2017