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First Great Western contract extended - no change for Cornwall Rail Services

By WBMiles  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

First Great Western has had its contract extended.

First Great Western has had its contract extended.

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Plans for a bidding competition for the franchise to run Great Western rail services into Cornwall have been put off.

First Great Western has had its contract to run the service extended until October and negotiations will now start on a new two-year contract with the company.

A new Great Western rail franchise had been put out to tender last summer, but was suspended in October following the cancellation of the West Coast Main Line franchise.

Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth, welcomed the news.

She said: "The extension of the current Great Western franchise is welcome news, that will safeguard rail service levels in the South West and enable improvements that will make a real difference to passengers and businesses. "I have this morning spoken to First bosses to discuss how we can ensure this potential is delivered. I am pleased to have secured a commitment from the Secrs 

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  • OscarDelta  |  January 31 2013, 9:20PM

    On top of the £250 they want to get you to London (standard class), should you be misguided or desperate enough to want to go and get there in anything resembling enough time to do a days work! Some things simply don't work privatised, and (along with water) this is blatantly one of them!

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  • toffer99  |  January 31 2013, 1:53PM

    You can understand why they didn't want a franchise competition for the Great Western to take place. After all, the civil servants who cacked up the West Coast Main Line franchise are still in post. http://tinyurl.com/aw37xup And every time they bigger it up, we taxpayers have to shell out £50 million.

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