Consultation outcome

Great Western: specification for the future franchise

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

The government response to the 2014 Great Western franchise consultation was published as a command paper on 23 March 2015.

Original consultation


Seeks views on our proposed approach for securing Great Western franchised rail services when the current franchise award ends in 2015.

This consultation ran from

Consultation description

Through this consultation, we are:

  • explaining our planned approach for securing Great Western franchised services when the current direct award franchise ends
  • seeking views on a proposed franchise specification with a focus on changes planned during the 5 year period from September 2015

Our consultation document provides information about current services and the impact of major projects on the franchise. It explains what our objectives are for the franchise and the options being considered.

We want to hear from passengers and other stakeholders with an interest in the franchise. We also encourage potential rail scheme promoters, including local authorities, to comment on the proposals and notify us of extra services they may wish to purchase.


Great Western specification: consultation document

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Published 8 May 2014
Last updated 23 March 2015 + show all updates
  1. Official consultation response to the specification for the future Great Western franchise published.
  2. First published.