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...

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...
An East Midlands Trains HST passes by East Midlands Parkway. Credit: EMT>

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.

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...
Track construction work in Berlin, New Hampshire. Credit: NHHS Rail.

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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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 services it runs each week. Issuing a Request for Qualification (RFQ), the Government of Ontario agency said...

Trenitalia withdraws South Eastern franchise interest

Trenitalia UK has announced it is withdrawing from the South East franchise competition.

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...

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...

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...