Briefing into East Coast franchise transfer from NXEC to DfT.

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Dear Sir or Madam,



I wish to request the following information under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 'The Act'.

In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible. As you will understand, this may not be a definitive list of relevant information.

It was recently reported, via numerous news and on-line sources that the DfT had published a Briefing stating the new terms and conditions and timescales of the takeover of the East Coast franchise, it also contained other information which, so far, has not made it into the public domain.

As this document is now partly in the public domain, it is of public interest and as such should be disclosed in full.

1.0 I wish to receive a full and unedited/un-redacted copy of this briefing document.
1.1 I wish to receive this document in .PDF format.

2.0 Furthermore I wish to receive any internal memos/E-mails/documents which are related or connected to this briefing.
2.1 I wish to receive these documents in .PDF format.

3.0 I wish to receive a copy of the list of directors of East Coast Railway Co Ltd and Directly Operated Railways.
3.1 I wish to receive these documents in .PDF format.

I understand that under the act that you have a duty to assist requesters and that I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days.

Please could you confirm that you have received this request.

I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours truly,
Ian Madder

Lara Bolch, Department for Transport

Dear Mr Madder

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information about the East Coast franchise which has been allocated the above reference number. A response will be issued to you in due course.


Department for Transport
Information Rights Unit
D/04, Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN37 7GA

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Dear Lara Bolch,

Thank you for your recent correspondence of 4th Novemeber 2009.
Your response is now overdue and in accordance with the act you had 20 working days to reply.

I expect a full response urgently in accordance with the terms of the Act.
Furthermore you are now no longer allowed to extend your deadline as you must do this before the original 20 working day deadline expired.

I am aware of my rights under S50 of the Act.

Yours sincerely,

I Madder

Lara Bolch, Department for Transport

I am currently out of the office (and on all Mondays).

If the matter cannot wait until my return, please contact Ivan Pocock on extension 8254 - [email address], or Peter Parr on 8201 - [email address].

Your message has not been forwarded.

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Rachel Webbe, Department for Transport

Dear Mr Madder

Thank you for your e-mail of 4 November. I apologise for the delay in responding to your request.

Your e-mail requests a copy of a briefing and associated documentation. I would be grateful if you could please provide some more clarification about the briefing you are interested in to ensure we provide the information you are looking for. Do you have any further information about the content of the document please such as the publication date or source?

Kind regards


Rachel Webbe
Cross TOC Projects
Zone 1/18 Great Minster House
76 Marsham Street

Tel 0207 944 6665
GTN 3533 6665
Fax 0207 944 2177

[email address]

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Dear Rachel Webbe,

The briefing document was issued prior to the handover of the eastcoast franchise from NX Trains ltd to DoR.
This document was obtained by various unions and parts were published on their respective websites.
The document states such things as TUPE arrangements, uniform, tendering, staffing.

Yours sincerely,

I Madder

Rachel Webbe, Department for Transport

Thank you for your e-mail. I will be back in the office on Wednesday 23 December and will pick up your e-mail on my return. Your e-mail has not been forwarded.

If you have an urgent query please contact George Adams on on 6658

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FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT, Department for Transport

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Dear Mr Madder

With apologies for the delay in responding, please find attached the Department's response to your information request.

Information Rights Unit
Department for Transport

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