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The InterCity West Coast franchise caters to more than 34 million journeys a year, with 4.3 billion passenger miles travelled. The current franchise employs approximately 3,000 staff members and runs around 300 services per day. The next operator will also have an important role to play in the effective delivery of High Speed 2 (HS2), with construction beginning in 2017.

Further reading:

HC Library briefing paper Passenger rail services (SN6521), 14 March 2016

HC Library briefing paper Rail fares and ticketing (SN1904), 3 March 2016

HC Library briefing paper Public Transport Fares (CBP7470), 18 January 2016

HC Library briefing paper Railway passenger franchises (SN1343), 14 December 2015

HC Library briefing paper Railways: West Coast Main Line (SN364), 13 March 2010

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