Rail franchising direct awards process guide

Direct awards guidance including how the awards will be negotiated.


Rail franchising direct awards process guide

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Provides instructions and guidance as to how direct awards will be negotiated and awarded with current operators.

On 26 March 2013 we published a prior information notice setting out the schedule for rail franchise competitions until 2021. In delivering this programme it is necessary to negotiate a series of direct awards with current operators. This guidance builds on the franchise competition process guide, published on 25 June 2013, which detailed how a franchise competition will be run.

Published 3 December 2013
Last updated 31 October 2014 + show all updates
  1. Rail franchising direct awards process guide released.
  2. First published.