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From: Sent: To: Minister for Transport 25 March 2004 07:47 Correspondence Unit

Subject: FW: East Coast rail franchise, in confidence

~--orlginal Message---From: Robin Etherington [mailto:reprltd@teSco.net] Sent: 24 March 2004 18:25 To: ministerfortransport@scotland.gsi.gov.uk SUbject: East Coast rail franchise, In confidence

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Angela Thank you for returning my call today. I can confirm that we have taken the first step towards bidding for the East Coast rail franchise by seeking to pre-qualify. We hope to learn by May 21 that the Strategic Rail Authority will invite us to tender. Meanwhile, we are putting together a document outlining our initial thoughts, and would like to share it with you. It would also be helpful to know as soon as possible about your views, hopes and aspirations for the service. If you feel a meeting would be helpful, I would be pleased to make the arrangements, and suggest that any get-together be held as soon after Easter as diary commitments allow. If a meeting is not possible, but you feel I could be of further help, please get in touch. Robin Etherington communications manager, FirstGroup rail division 01675443812

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25/03/2004

SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE
Minister for Transport
Victoria Quay Edinburgh EH66QQ

Nlc.ol Stephen MSP

Mr Robin Etherington FirstGroup rail division 3rd Floor, E·Block MacMillan House Paddington Station

Telephone: 0131-556 8400 scottish.ministcrs@scotland.gsi.gov.uk http://www.scotiand.gov.uk

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Thank you for your email of 24 March to Nicol Stephen, Minister for Transport, setting out the company's plans in relation to the East Coast Rail Franchise. The Minister appreciates your offer of a meeting to discuss First Group's views on the service. However, as you know, the ScotRail franchise re-Ietting process is at a critical stage,with a preferred bidder expected to be announced later in the spring. In that context, with the assessment of bids well advanced, the Minister feels that this would be a difficult time to hold such a meeting with any of our three bidders. Therefore, the Minister will have to decline your invitation on this occasion. If you think it would be helpful, officials from the Railway Policy and Operations Branch would be happy to meet with you and would also be interested in the documents the company is preparing outlining your initial thoughts on the service. The contact there is David Binnie, Branch Head, 0131 244 0479 and he is aware that your office is likely to make contact.

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SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE
Minister for Tra.nsport

Nicol Stephen MSP

Victoria Quay Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Mr Moir Lockhead FirstGroup pic 395 King Street Aberdeen AB24 5RP

Telephone: 0845 7741741 scottish.ministers@scotland.gsLgov.uk http://www .scotland.gov .uk

Our ref: 2004/0028197 October 2004

Thank you for your letter of 22 September inviting Nicol Stephen, Minister for Transport, to attend a briefing reception on Wednesday, 6 October at the Scottish Parliament. I also note that invitations were issued to other Scottish Ministers, whom I am responding on behalf of. Unfortunately, neither Mr Stephen nor his Ministerial colleagues are able to attend. hopes the reception will be a successful event. However, he

TOM MCMAHON
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395 King Street Aberdeen AB24 5RP Tel: +44 (0) 1224 650100 Fax: +44 (0) 1224 650140

Nicol Stephen MSP Minister for Transport St Andrew's House Regent Road Edinburgh EH13DG Dear Mr Stephen

As you will be aware, First has been awarded the ScotRaii franchise that will operate for the next seven years, with the option of a three-year extension. We have now signed our contract to operate the franchise, detailing our service commitments and enhancements for Scotland's national railway. We begin ._,_. operating the ScotRail franchise from Sunday 17 October. _rp ;QA14:1,:

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I would like to invite you to a briefing reception that we are holding in Committee Room 5 of the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 6 October from 5pm until 7pm. This reception is intended as an opportunity for us to brief you on the detail of the new franchise in advance of us taking over operational control and for you to meet with our senior First ScotRaii personnel. We are now the largest public transport operator in both Scotland and the United Kingdom. As such, we also hope that this event will facilitate a wider discussion on the future of public transport in Scotland and how we can work together with all transport stakeholders to transform travel. Our sponsor for this event is Richard Baker MSP. I very much hope you will be able to join us. Please reply to Heather Fraser in our ScotRaii mobilisation team on 0141 271 5024 or by email toheather.fraser@firstgroup.com. We would be grateful if you could also inform us of any additional requirements you may have. Yours sincerely

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InterCity East Coast rail franchise I am delighted to confirm that we have received the final version of the invitation to tender for the InterCity East Coast franchise which means that we can now consult you. The time allowed for completing and submitting our proposals is very tight, and if you would like to meet members of our bid team, I would be grateful if you would contact us urgently. Ideally, we would like to meet you during the next three weeks so that we can properly consider your comments and aspirations. I realise this may not be possible, in which case I would be very pleased to receive your views over the phone, by mail to the above address or by email atreprltd@tesco.net To arrange a meeting, please contact my colleague, Catherine Glanville, on 01793499412 or at catherine.Qlanville@firstQroup.com We are planning to hold several forums at key cities along the East Coast route, and I will be back in touch when times, dates and venues are confirmed. Yours sincerely

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Minister for Transport

Nicol Stephen MSP

Victoria Quay Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Mr Robin Etherington First Group 11 Station Road Hampton-in-Arden Solihul] West Midlands

Telephone: 0845 774 t 741 scottish.mlnisters@scotland.gsi.gov.uk http://www .scotland.gov .uk

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Thank you for your letter of 8 October to Nicol Stephen, Minister for Transport requesting a meeting to discuss First Group's bid for the InterCity East Coast rail ftanchise. I understand that representatives from First Group will be meeting with Scottish Executive officials on 5 November to discuss the bid. However, the Minister would be pleased to meet with your representatives to discuss the proposals for the ftanchise in light of the importance of the services provided on this key cross-border line and Scottish local services. I would be grateful if you could contact the Ministers Diary Secretary, Angela Rowan (0131 244 1473) to arrange a mutually convenient date and time.

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Nicol Stephen MSP

Victoria Quay Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Moir Lockhead Chief Executive First Group 395 King Street Aberdeen AB245RP

Telephone: 0131-5568400 scottish.minlsters@Scotland.gsl.gov.uk http://www .scotland.gov .uk

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October 2003

It was good to meet you on 14 August to discuss (amongst other things) your proposals for the next Scottish passenger rail franchise. Gordon Dewar subsequently wrote to Andy Kerr, the Minister for Finance and Public Services, on 15 September and set out the key principles upon which First are bidding. As the portfolio Minister it is for me to respond on Andy's behalf and I am therefore copying this letter to Mr Dewar and would like to pass on our thanks to him for writing. I hope that he will accept this as our response to his letter. I would like to follow up our discussion in August by briefly recording a bit of the background on how devolution has impacted on the ScotRail franchise, and the role of Scottish Ministers in the reletting process. I am writing to your fellow bidders in similar terms and I hope you will all find this information helpful as you come to finalise your bids. Much of the rail industry, including the work of Network Rail and the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA), rightly operates on a GB-wide basis. However, at the time of devolution a package of measures was agreed which devolved some elements of rail to the Scottish Ministers and Scottish Parliament. One of the most significant aspects of this was that it gave Scottish Ministers the power to specify and fund the ScotRail franchise. In tenns of specification of the new franchise, it was agreed that Scottish Ministers should direct the SRA in relation to ScotRail services. We issued our directions and guidance for the franchise to the SRA on 28 June 2002, and these were appended for your reference to the draft Invitation to Tender . which issued on 28 July 2003. These set out the terms on which the SRA was to let the ScotRail franchise. The Executive will continue to work in close partnership with the SRA throughout the franchise re-letting process.

In terms of the financing of the new franchise, all funding powers and public expenditure responsibility have been transferred to the Scottish Executive. As such, the Scottish Ministers will be accountable to the Scottish Parliament for this spending and indeed the Scottish Parliament has taken a close interest in our progress with the reletting process to date. The SRA is acting on behalf of Scottish Ministers in reletting the franchise and, as the Minister for Transport, I take a very close interest in all aspects of the bidding process. I am sure that you are now well versed in the messages in the Invitation to Tender about our priorities for delivering a better rail service for passengers. I am looking forward to receiving your bid, and those of your fellow bidders. I am confident that this reletting process will result in the best possible outcome for rail services in Scotland.

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As you will be aware from our previous conversations, our new £4.25 million depot in South Street, Scotstoun will be fully operational from Sunday 11th January 2004. Scotstoun depot will house 250 vehicles in this seven acre site, and marks an important milestone for First in Glasgow; we are matching our investment in new vehicles for customers with state of the art new facilities for our staff. We are confident that this continued investment will result in an even better public transport system for the people of Glasgow. In order to celebrate this official opening, we are planning to hold an evening of celebrations during the week prior to the opening, which is likely to include dinner and entertainment. We are very keen for you to play an active role in the opening ceremony of Scotstoun depot, and I am writing at this early stage to advise you of the provisional dates we have in mind in the hope that we can plan the event around your availability. At this stage, the preferred date is Thursday 8th January 2004, with Tuesday 6th January being the second option. We would be very grateful for your support with this event and do hope that you can join us for what promises to be a highly enjoyable evening. Please could your office advise Nicola Hughes, Marketing and PR Executive (0141 6363277, nicola.huahes~firstaroup.com) of your availability in the first instance and if appropriate, we will be in touch at a later date to discuss your involvement in the celebrations in more detail. I look forward to hearing from you, Yours sincerely,

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SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE
Minister for Transport

Nicol Stephen MSP

Victoria Quay Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Mr Eric C. Stewart First Glasgow 197 Victoria Road Glasgow

Telephone: 0131-5568400 scottish.ministers@scotland.gsLgov.uk http://www .scotland.gov.uk

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Decem"",2003

Thank you for your recent letter to Nicol Stephen, Minister for Transport, inviting him to the Scotstoun Depot Opening Dinner on Thursday 8 January 2003. Unfortunately, Mr Stephen will be unable to accept your kind invitation. He has asked me to pass on his best wishes for a successful and enjoyable evening.

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Dear Mr Stephen

Scottish National Transport Awards Dinner 2003 - Tuesday 14 October 2003
On behalf of Garry Raven, it is my pleasure to invite you to join First's table at the Scottish National Transport Awards Dinner on Tuesday 14 October 2003. The dinner will be held in the Glasgow Moat House, Congress Road Glasgow. The evening will begin with a Drinks Reception from 1900 - 1930 hrs followed by Dinner and the Scottish National Transport Awards Presentation. Garry hopes that you are able to join him on the evening. Please respond to myself on 0141 636 3011, anne.weir@firstarouP.com address. Kind regards. Yours sincerely or at the above

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SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE
Minister for Transport

Nicol Stephen MSP

Victoria Quay Edinburgh EH66QQ

Ms Anne W Weir First Glasgow 197 Victoria Road Glasgow G427AD

Telephone: 0131-5568400 scottish.ministers@scotland.gsi.gov.uk http://www.scotland.gov.uk

Our ref: 2003/0018739

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2003

Thank you for your letter of 21 August inviting Nicol Stephen, Minister for Transport to join First's table at the National Transport Awards Dinner on Tuesday 14 October 2003. I very much regret that Mr Stephen will be unable to accept your kind invitation, unfortunately he has a prior engagement on 14 October. Mr Stephen has asked me to pass on his best wishes and looks forward to seeing both Gary Raven and yourself when he addresses the Conference on 15 October.

LESLEY CLINKSCALES Private Secretary

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SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE
Minister for Transport

Nicol Stephen MSP

Victoria Quay Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Mr Moir Lockhead Chief Executive First Group 395 King Street Aberdeen AB24 5RP

Telephone: 0131-5568400 scottish.mlnisters@scotland.gsi.gov.uk http://www.scotland.gov.uk

Our ref: 2003/0012864

J3 June 2003

Thank you for your letter of21 May to Nicol Stephen, Minister for Transport, requesting a meeting to discuss transport issues. The Minister would be pleased to accept your invitation and I should therefore be grateful if you could contact his Diary Secretary, Lynsey Mitchell, on 0131 244 1566 to arrange a mutually convenient date.

LESLEY CLINKSCALES Private Secretary

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Dear Mr Stephen

Scottish National Transport Awards Dinner 2003 - Tuesday 14 October 2003
On behalf of Garry Raven, it is my pleasure to invite you to join First's table at the Scottish National Transport Awards Dinner on Tuesday 14 October 2003. The dinner will be held in the Glasgow Moat House, Congress Road Glasgow. The evening will begin with a Drinks Reception from 1900 - 1930 hrs followed by Dinner and the Scottish National Transport Awards Presentation. Garry hopes that you are able to join him on the evening. Please respond to myself on 0141 636 3011, anne.weirCd2firstarouP.com or at the above address. Kind regards. Yours sincerely

Anne W Weir PA to Garry Raven, Divisional

Director Scotland

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Dear Nicol,

I would like to invite you to the above Dinner, at which First ScotRaii have taken a table. Mary Dickson, our Managing Director, is one of the guest speakers at the Conference. so will be on the top table but she will join us after the formal section of the evening is over. Please contact Heather Fraser, my PA, on 0141-636 3001 and advise her if you are able to attend what I am sure will prove to be a very enjoyable evening. The dress code is lounge suit. Yours sincerely

GORDON DEWAR Commercial Director

First ScoIRail LImited Registered in Scotland, number SC185018

395 King Street. Abefdeen Ai24 5RP

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