Decision letter

Date20 April 2021
SectionAgreed amendments to contracts (section 22)
Lo ui se Be il by
Acc ess E xecu tive
Telephone: 020 7 282 20 76
20 April 2021
Jayne Tipton
Rob Holder
Customer Manager
Access Manager
Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd First Greater Western Ltd
Western House Milford House
1 Holbrook Way 1 Milford Street
Swindon Swindon
Dear Jayne and Rob
Approval of the 64th supplemental agreement to the track access
contract between Network Rail Infrastructure Limited and First Greater
Western Limited dated 4 March 2016
We have today approved the above supplemental agreement submitted to us formally on
19 April 2021 under section 22 of the Railways Act 1993 (the Act). This follows an earlier
informal submission of a draft agreement for our consideration. This letter explains the
reasons for our decision.
The purpose of this agreement is to grant First Greater Western the rights necessary to
operate its May 2021 timetable. These additional services will includes the restoration of
services between Exeter and Okehampton, an increase in services between London and
Bristol, amendments and improvement to services in the Thames Valley area and between
London and the North Cotswolds, and service enhancements and performance
improvements in South Wales and South Coast services. The rights are to commence on
the Subsidiary Change Date 2021 and will expire on the Expiry Date or earlier termination
of First Greater Western’s track access contract.
Industry consultation
Network Rail undertook the usual industry consultation. Comments were received from
Freightliner, Grand Union Trains, Cross Country Trains, and MTR Elizabeth Line.
Cross Country had concerns about capacity at Exeter and wanted to know more about the
timings of the new services arriving there. Network Rail answered this query to its
Head Office:25 Cabot Square, London E14 4QZT: 020 7282 2000

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