§ Mr. Jamieson
Oxford-Worcester services are predominantly provided by Thames Trains. The current franchise is not due to expire until April 2004. On 16 July the Secretary of State asked the Strategic Rail Authority to consider how improvements for passengers could be secured within existing franchises, or by negotiating short extensions. The Strategic Rail Authority has reviewed234W its franchise replacement programme in light of that statement and will announce its plans as agreed with Ministers in due course.