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East Midlands Trains - Additional HST Rolling Stock

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Dear Department for Transport,

1) Please provide me with a full copy of the finalised meeting minutes relating to a meeting on 01 August 2017 at 14:30 discussing Thameslink with the Secretary of State.

2) Please provide a list of attendees for that meeting, if not included on the minutes or below agenda;

3) Please provide a copy of the finalised agenda for that same meeting;

4) In an email from an unknown person to Matthew Lodge, (Director, Major Projects, DfT Rail), on 02/08/2017 at 08:17, a set of notes relating to the above meeting were provided. In these notes it stated:

"SofS asked if there is still an issue with East Midlands trains.

(Name redacted) explained that they have been far more co-operative in the last
few months and were working to re-write their timetable to fit with the new
Thameslink 2018 timetable"

Thus implying that East Midlands Trains had previously been uncooperative or certainly less cooperative.

Please therefore provide all e-mail correspondence between East Midlands Trains (or their parent company) and the Department for Transport** that related to the provision of additional rolling stock (required for adjustments to the Thameslink Program/Timetable), and any correspondence between EMT and the DfT** relating to the need for EMT to reschedule their services as a result of the same program.

**In the event that you believe this to be a time consuming part of the request, reference to "Department for Transport" or "DfT" should refer to the following individuals specifically:

Chris Grayling
Jane Cornthwaite
Tim Rees
Matthew Lodge

Notes:

- It is accepted that financial figures are likely to be commercially sensitive. In this instance, the figures, or part of them, should be redacted accordingly, but the remainder of the information supplied;

- It is accepted that names of staff working within East Midlands Trains or their representatives will likely be redacted similarly.

- It is the Department of Transport that has implied that East Midlands Trains acted in a manner that was uncooperative. Therefore, commercial sensitivity is unlikely to be a valid reason to refuse to provide the information requested. It is only right that the public are able to examine whether a private company franchised by the DfT is acting properly, and in the public interest, and not making unreasonable or inflated demands for compensation as a result of the procurement of additional trains, or altering their timetable.

Yours faithfully,

Duncan Lewis

Department for Transport

Dear Duncan,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information which
has been allocated reference number P0016033.

A response will be issued to you in due course.

Regards,

Department for Transport
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Rail-franchise-correspondence, Department for Transport

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Dear Mr Lewis,

 

Please find attached a response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

[1][IMG]          Mr Michael Evans 
Senior Correspondence Manager, Briefing & Public
Affairs, Passenger Services 

4/15, Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR
[2]Follow us on twitter @transportgovuk 

 

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Rail-franchise-correspondence, Department for Transport

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Dear Mr Lewis,

 

Please find attached a response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

[1][IMG]          Mr Michael Evans 
Senior Correspondence Manager, Briefing & Public
Affairs, Passenger Services 

4/15, Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR
[2]Follow us on twitter @transportgovuk 

 

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Dear DfT

Thank you for the update.

However, this is now the second time that an extension has been requested.

The public interest is clear - amongst some of the greatest timetable upheaval to ever affect the Midland Mainline, (and elsewhere), a franchised (and thus regulated) TOC, in this case Stagecoach/ East Midlands Trains appears to have acted in such a manner to initially set out to purposely use this timetable change as an opportunity to inflate the potential compensation they may receive, ultimately from the taxpayer, despite knowing that their customers would experience a reduction in the quality of their service, particularly at Bedford and Wellingborough stations. Whilst there are clearly some commercial considerations, an example needs to be set within the industry that inflated costs cannot be demanded (from the taxpayer) knowing full well that the DfT has limited options, and could, in some instances, be likened to extortion.

Had EMT not agreed with DfT on the eventual costs, this franchise could have severely and adversely affected the Midland Mainline timetable, and it's thousands of customers. It is therefore reasonable to assume that the DfT have ultimately paid more than what they had originally expected - and it is important to understand what role EMT has in this.

The Department has previously stated, on record, that East Midlands Trains were uncooperative - thus opening the door for further information to be shared around that statement.

I look forward to receiving your response shortly, with any exemptions applied in an absolute minimalist manner.

Yours sincerely,

Duncan Lewis

Rail-franchise-correspondence, Department for Transport

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Dear Mr Lewis,

 

Please find attached a response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

[1][IMG]          Mr Michael Evans 
Senior Correspondence Manager, Briefing & Public
Affairs, Passenger Services 

4/15, Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR
[2]Follow us on twitter @transportgovuk 

 

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