Franchise competition process guide

Guidelines about the rail franchise competition process for use by Department for Transport staff and their advisers.

This publication was withdrawn on

This guide has been superseded by the Rail passenger franchise competition guide.


Franchise competition process guide

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The department published a Prior information notice (PIN) on 25 March 2013 setting out the schedule for rail franchise competitions until 2021. On 25 April 2013 we met the commitment made in the PIN to publish a high level franchise procurement process map.

Publication of this ‘Franchising competition process guide’ on 25 June 2013 fulfils the department’s second committed initiative to ensure transparency to the market and other stakeholders about how it procures passenger rail franchises and how the competition process is governed.

Published 25 June 2013