Archive for category: Franchise News

Trenitalia withdraws South Eastern franchise interest

Trenitalia UK has announced it is withdrawing from the South East franchise competition.
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West Midlands franchise award a ‘step towards golden era for local trains’

The DfT has awarded the West Midlands franchise to West Midlands Trains, a joint venture between Abelio and its minority partners East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui.
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Canada’s Metrolinx launches search for experienced operator as it prepares to quadruple train frequency

Metrolinx has launched a search for an experienced operator as it prepares to quadruple the number of train trips it runs each week. Issuing a Request for Qualification (RFQ), the Government of Ontario agency said it “now requires new specific skills, knowledge and experience” as it implements an ambitious project to improve the GO Transit […]
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Train operators awarded $45m contract to run Connecticut-Massachusetts service

The operator of a new commuter train service in New Hampshire, that is due to open in 2018, has been appointed.
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UK Department for Transport to extend East Midlands rail franchise until August 2019

East Midlands Trains will now run services on the UK's East Midlands franchise until at least August 2019 after the Department for Transport took up an option to extend the contract for another year.
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Department for Transport to extend East Midlands rail franchise until August 2019

East Midlands Trains (EMT) will now run services on the East Midlands franchise until at least August 2019 after the Department for Transport (DfT) took up an option to extend the contract for another year. The train operating company – which is owned by Stagecoach – has been the franchise holder since 2007, but its […]
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Start of new West Midlands franchise delayed

London Midland has received an extension to continue operating its West Midlands franchise services until at least December 2017, the company has announced. The Department for Transport (DfT) had been due to announce the winner of the new franchise agreement, which was due to start in October, last month. London Midland will now hang on […]
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Arriva Trains Wales invests in bi-mode Class 319s

The Welsh Government and Arriva Trains Wales are investing in five Class 319 Flex bi-mode trains. Due to arrive next year, the four-car trains will be leased from Porterbrook thanks to £1.9 million from the Welsh Government and £1 million from Arriva Trains Wales. Arriva Trains Wales said the trains would likely be deployed on […]
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Bidders shortlisted for West Coast Partnership and South Eastern franchises

The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) has published bidder shortlists for both the West Coast Partnership (WCP), which will incorporate the first HS2 services, and future South Eastern franchise agreements. The WCP will replace the current InterCity West Coast franchise operated by Virgin and Stagecoach from April 2019. As well as the existing intercity service, […]
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FirstGroup and MTR place £895m order with Bombardier for new South Western trains

New South Western franchise operators FirstGroup and MTR have signed an £895 million contract with Bombardier for the supply and maintenance of 90 new Aventra trains. The new trains, which will be supplied in five and 10-car configurations, will be manufactured in Derby and later operate on the Windsor, Reading and West London suburban routes. […]
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‘Impeding new blood can only lead to sector failure’ – ALLRAIL calls for change to help new rail services

Locomore’s recent insolvency is a reminder of the difficulties facing new train operating companies. That is the message from ALLRAIL, an association which represents non-incumbent freight operators and open access passenger operators. Locomore was a crowdfunded German TOC that began operating in 2016 as a low-cost alternative to DB. It aimed to attract new passengers […]
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