An inspection of rail franchise procurement: first-class regulation for privatised passenger rail?

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Examines the operation of rail franchise procurement in the UK. Reviews key aspects of such franchising, its legal framework, whether the process is open to competitive tendering or direct awards, and the rules on publication of opportunities, consultation, qualitative selection and the award criteria. Discusses the role of public sector operators, procurement reforms and challenges after privatisation, and whether further changes are needed.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-278
JournalPublic Procurement Law Review
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2018


  • award criteria, compulsory competitive tendering, franchising, privatisation, public procurement, public procurement procedures, rail network