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New South Western franchise 'important test'

27 March 2017

Responding to the news that First MTR South Western Trains Limited has been awarded the next South Western franchise, Lianna Etkind, Public Transport Campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“In the future, the Government sees Network Rail and train operators working hand in glove at local level. The new South Western franchise is an important test of how this will work in practice. Passengers will welcome extra ticketing investment, especially commitments to smartcards and new discounts for part-time​ workers, but will want to see better reliability and value for money as well as long term plans to improve the resilience of the network."


For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. The Department for Transport has announced today (27 March) that First MTR South Western Trains Limited will run the South Western franchise for 7 years from 20 August 2017 to 18 August 2024. Read the full Ministerial Statement here.
  2. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).