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Rail franchise award
8:00am Thursday 20th March 2014 in News
THE Great Western franchise may be directly awarded to train operator First Great Western (FGW) for another five years, from 2015 to 2020, without a tendering process, officials have said.
The Department for Transport had previously suggested a full franchising competition could be held to select an operator to run services for up to 10 years.
But it has now said it was considering awarding FGW a contract running for five years from September 2015, while major modernisation of the Great Western main line is completed.
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