The below Parliamentary question was asked by Andrew Rosindell on 2016-02-08.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage competition between rail services providers in the UK.
Since the launch of the franchising programme in March 2013, the Department has introduced a series of measures aimed at increasing the number of companies in the market.
Working with UKTI and other partners in Government, we have been actively seeking potential new entrants. We have engaged closely with a number of companies that are looking to join the market and have provided advice on the conditions and qualities of our market so they can begin the process of entry.