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Chiltern Railways fined for breaching franchise agreement

 

Banbury railway operator handed heavy fine for failing on agreements

Chiltern Railways has been fined £350,000 for not fulfilling its franchise agreement with the Government.

 

The company, responsible for services through Banbury between London and Birmingham Moor Street, failed to carry out two improvements to stations as per agreement and also made changes to its timetable without consulting the Department for Transport.

Transport Minister Norman Baker said the Government “very rarely” imposed such a fine, which was reduced from the proposed level of £500,000 following a consultation.

A Chiltern Railways spokesperson said: “We welcome the reduction in the level of fine in recognition of our assurances of a strengthened and renewed senior management focus on franchise compliance. While disappointed to be facing a large fine, we recognise the department’s requirement to ensure franchise holders meet the terms of their agreements. We accept there were breaches in 2009, albeit none of which had significant consequences for passengers or costs to the taxpayer.”

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