Rail passenger franchise competition guide

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


Franchise competition process guide

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These guidelines set out the generic competition process used by the Department for Transport to specify and procure the operation of franchised passenger rail services as part of the rail franchise programme.

Publication of the guide reflects the department’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that the process for awarding franchise contracts is transparent to the market and stakeholders.

Published 7 July 2015
Last updated 4 February 2016 + show all updates
  1. Document updated to reflect the introduction of the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) passport.
  2. First published.