Archive for category: Franchise News

Southern switch for Gatwick

The day-to-day management of Gatwick Airport station has transferred from Network Rail to Southern. Says Southern Director, David Scorey, ‘We already manage 156 stations and it’s that station management experience, which includes provision of excel...
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West Coast contest begins

The DfT has announced four shortlisted bidders to run the West Coast Main Line from December 2012. Abellio, FirstGroup, Keolis/ SNCF and Virgin go head to head to contest the franchise. The franchise is for 15 years and includes a commitment to provide...
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West Coast contest begins

The DfT has announced four shortlisted bidders to run the West Coast Main Line from December 2012. Abellio, FirstGroup, Keolis/ SNCF and Virgin go head to head to contest the franchise. The franchise is for 15 years and includes a commitment to provide...
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New rail operator boosts security on its network

Greater Anglia has said it has already ‘doubled the numbers of safety and security staff’ on its rail network after taking over the franchise from National Express East Anglia. The train operator said it wants to ‘ensure customers fee...
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New Greater Anglia franchise operator outlines plans

Abellio is to take over the Greater Anglia franchise from National Express on 5 February. The Group will be responsible intercity, commuter and rural services throughout the region including the Stansted Express service. The duration of the contract i...
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New West Coast rail franchise ‘to deliver 28,000 more seats’

Passengers travelling between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow are ‘set to benefit from an extra 28,000 seats a day under a new flexible franchise agreement which will allow more services to be scheduled around busy periods’. In a...
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New West Coast rail franchise ‘to deliver 28,000 more seats’

Passengers travelling between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow are ‘set to benefit from an extra 28,000 seats a day under a new flexible franchise agreement which will allow more services to be scheduled around busy periods’. In a...
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Race is on to run new generation of franchises

Expressions of interest in running the new Thameslink, Essex Thameside and Great Western rail franchises have been invited by the Department of Transport. The Thameside and Great Western franchises will run for 15 years, starting in May 2013 and April ...
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Have your say on the new Great Western rail franchise

Rail passengers in the Thames Valley, the South West and South Wales are being asked for their views on how their rail services should be run, Rail Minister Theresa Villiers has announced. A consultation launched yesterday will give passengers, local c...
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