Great Western Franchise Extension

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Could not run a pee up in a brewery this lot at the DFT
http://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2012/07/19-great-western-franchise-to-be.html
God our railway is a Joke and I am beginning to think it should be state run more and more with strong commercial accumen at the top :-x
With all the new electrification schemes in the offing and the resultant changes in the mix of IEP sets being ordered for GW, plus delays in financing, I'm not surprised there has been a delay in the ITT.
All franchises have a 7-period extension option, on current terms, for just this sort of requirememnt.
VT recently got an extension too, for the same reason.
 

TEW

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It was always going to be extended until after Easter anyway to avoid a changeover in the middle of a Reading blockade. That would only have been an extension of 1 period I believe.
 

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No, the rest of it is because of the delays to the ITT but 1st April was never going to be the end date.
 

furryfeet

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So, as one of the posts on the link above asks, "Why not take the franchise back in House" ?

Has anyone at the Daft had a "boot up their backside" for allowing the get out clause to exist in the first place ?
I bet someone on this forum would know how many new / refurbished carriages 800m would have paid for !
 

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The clause was supposed to protect the passenger not the TOC, its in all the franchises and allows the Government to take them back early for poor performance or bad management by the toc. They just didnt expect the Toc itself to use the break clause, its like the toc shooting itself in the foot to avoid frontline service.
 
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