Archive for category: Franchise News

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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New South West Trains franchise awarded

First MTR South Western Trains has beaten the incumbent operator, Stagecoach, to the new South West Trains franchise. The new contract, which runs for seven years from August 2017, promises to add tens of thousands of extra peak-time seats into and out of London Waterloo, free Wi-Fi on all trains and at all stations, smart […]
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Shortlist for new East Midlands franchise published

Arriva, Stagecoach and First Trenitalia have been shortlisted for the new East Midlands rail franchise. In 2015, the end date of the current franchise agreement with Stagecoach was extended from October 18 that year to March 2018. This deadline has now been extended again by up to a year. The shortlist includes Arriva Rail East […]
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Trenitalia to acquire Britain’s c2c

National Express has announced an agreement in principle to sell c2c to Italy’s state-owned rail operator, Trenitalia. C2c, which was awarded a new 15-year contract for the Essex Thameside franchise in 2014, will become Trenitalia’s first foray into the UK’s train operating market. In 2015, Trenitalia became one of the first operators to receive a PQQ […]
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Open access operator planning new London Waterloo-Southampton service

Arriva-owned Alliance Rail Holdings has launched a consultation into its plans for a new open access rail service between Southampton and London Waterloo. The service, which would begin in December 2017, would initially include seven off-peak trains, adding two peak services in 2018. Class 442 units would be used at first, the company has said. […]
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New West Coast rail operator to also run HS2 services

A new rail franchise has been created which will combine both the InterCity West Coast franchise and HS2, the UK government has announced. The West Coast Partnership franchise will start in 2019 and will incorporate HS2 services when the line opens in 2026. The new franchisee will work with HS2 Ltd to plan the new […]
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Operators pre-qualify for Wales and Borders franchise

Transport for Wales has pre-qualified four bidders to run rail services in Wales and the Borders from 2018. The shortlist includes Abellio Rail Cymru, Arriva Rail Wales/Rheilffyrdd Arriva Cymru Limited, KeolisAmey and MTR Corporation (Cymru) Ltd. Transport for Wales, a not-for-profit company wholly owned by the Welsh Government, is looking for an Operational and Delivery Partner (ODP) to operate services […]
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Abellio holds on to East Anglia franchise as £1bn investment in new trains is confirmed

Photo: Peter Sterling / Shutterstock.com.Abellio has been confirmed as the preferred bidder for the next East Anglia franchise in a deal which includes an investment of more than £1 billion in new trains from[...]
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East-West rail franchise being considered

Photo: i4lcocl2 / Shutterstock.com.The UK Department for Transport has revealed proposals for a new East-West rail franchise to reflect expectations of future passenger growth. In an updated franchising schedule, the DfT said it[...]
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