Open access was "an industry risk" allocated to GNER

Department for Transport disclosure (3 pages, PDF) under the Freedom of Information Act of a SRA response to a bidder's query during the bidding for the East Coast Main Line rail franchise. The document shows that SRA did not (at least at that stage) promise to compensate the franchisee for the effect of open access competition, despite having instructed bidders to ignore open access.

The franchisee, GNER, is seeking a judicial review of the ORR decision to direct Network Rail to offer track access to Grand Central, which will be operating direct trains between Sunderland and London, competing with GNER in particular on the London-York route.

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