Archive for category: Train Operating Companies

Trenitalia completes acquisition of c2c

Italy’s state-owned rail operator, Trenitalia, has announced the completion of its acquisition of c2c from National Express. The deal, which is worth around £72.6 million, had been subject to approval from the Department for Transport (DfT). Trenitalia will now operate the franchise until it comes up for renewal in November 2029. Today’s announcement confirmed that […]
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Trenitalia and FirstGroup to launch joint bids for UK rail franchises

FirstGroup and Trenitalia are to launch joint bids for the East Midlands and West Coast Partnership franchise competitions. The announcement follows the Italian state rail operator’s acquisition of c2c and further demonstrates the company’s ambitions in the UK market. The joint venture has already submitted an expression of interest for the East Midlands franchise, which […]
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Trenitalia and FirstGroup to launch joint bids for UK rail franchises

FirstGroup and Trenitalia are to launch joint bids for the East Midlands and West Coast Partnership franchise competitions. The announcement follows the Italian state rail operator’s acquisition of c2c and further demonstrates the company’s ambitions in the UK market. The joint venture has already submitted an expression of interest for the East Midlands franchise, which […]
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Abellio sells 40% share in Greater Anglia to Mitsui

Abellio has announced the planned sale of a 40 per cent stake in its Greater Anglia rail franchise to Japan’s Mitsui. The announcement comes less than a week after Italy’s state-owned rail operator, Trenitalia, acquired the UK’s c2c franchise from National Express. Subject to regulatory approvals, Mitsui will become the first Japanese company to own […]
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MTR begins Stockholm Pendeltåg commuter rail concession

MTR has taken over the operation and maintenance of the Stockholm Pendeltåg commuter rail network. MTR Pendeltågen AB, which officially took over on December 11, will sit alongside MTR’s two existing Swedish rail services: Stockholm Metro and the intercity MTR Express service between Stockholm and Gothenburg. The 10-year concession includes the operation of trains, station management and […]
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Digital learning curve

Skills forecasting is a tricky business. With advanced programmes like Digital Railway, it is not easy to know exactly how technology will evolve in the next five to 10 years and what kind of skills will be required. ‘When I first took over, we were doing it to bolster our workforce and now we’re seeing […]
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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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National Express lifted by German rail contracts

Photo: National Express.The addition of new rail operations in Germany have contributed to an 11 per cent rise in total revenue for National Express at the start of 2016. In a Q1[...]
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C2c signs short-term lease for Class 387 EMUs to cope with “unprecedented” demand

Photo: Peter R Foster IDMA/ shutterstock.com.Train operator c2c has reached an agreement with the Department for Transport (DfT) to secure a short-term lease on six four-car Class 387s. The operator has already begun the tendering[...]
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New trains for the North… and that’s just for starters

AT300_Exterior_5Car_Viaduct_HIRES [online]Pledges to significantly improve services and buy new trains aren’t ‘PR fluff ’ but promises of real change, says Northern’s Alex Hynes (pictured right). On 1 April, Alex was joined by TransPennine Express managing director Leo Goodwin, David Hoggarth, director of Rail North, and MP Andrew Jones to celebrate the start of the new Northern and […]
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Trenitalia agrees new deal for Trentino rail services

157531-MedRes-CoradiaMeridianTrentino-CoradiaTrentinoSuedtirolTrenitalia has ordered an extra six EMUs as part of a new service agreement with Italy’s Trentino region. The existing agreement between Trenitalia and Trentino expired at the end of last[...]
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