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Train Companies Deny Franchise Abuse Claims

Magazine article Public Finance

Train Companies Deny Franchise Abuse Claims

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Train operators have rejected MPs' allegations that they are abusing the franchise system to the detriment of passengers.

The Commons transport select committee, in a report published on July 27, described rail franchising as a 'mess' that allowed operators to walk away from their responsibilities when times got tough.

Its report condemned above-inflation fare increases, service reductions and staff cuts as 'unacceptable practices'. The MPs backed Transport Secretary Lord Adonis's promise to close the loophole that allows fare rises as high as 11% on some routes.

But Michael Roberts, chief executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies, defended the industry's actions. On longer distance routes in particular, he said, train operators were competing with car and air travel and had 'to fight hard through the quality of service and the fares that they offer passengers. …

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