Going Local

11 March 2013

An ASLEF commissioned report into the advantages of concessionary contracts for the operation of franchises, published in February 2013.

Unlike other British rail operations in their area, London Overground and Merseyrail are managed locally by the transport authorities. At a time when the rail franchising system is under scrutiny, in the wake of the collapse of the West Coast franchise process, this report examines these operations and identifies lessons for rail policy generally.

The findings show that London Overground and Merseyrail are successful rail operations and have improved significantly since the previous arrangements. They offer examples of how trust and confidence in the public system can be built.

'Going Local' was written by Campaign for Better Transport and sponsored by ASLEF.  

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