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Ahead of the commencement of the consultation exercises for the three rail franchises that will be let over the coming year, Baroness Greengross' Transport forum has published "Public Procurement – the lessons of Rail Privatisation"

The Transport Forum was convened by Baroness Greengross in response to the wide public interest in the way services, which in the past were provided publicly, are increasingly being sourced from the Private sector. Railway privatisation has been a prime example and it is important that the lessons from that experience are taken forward as a contribution to the wider debate about the future of procurement and as a blueprint for action at a national or local level.

The Forum is part of a series of initiatives, driven by issues like demographic, technological and economic change, looking at aspects of life in the future, and is concerned with how the public service ethos of both public and privately run organisations and agencies will adapt to the new realities they will face as public expectations change.

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