TransPennine and Northern franchise bidders shortlisted

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published a shortlist of bidders for the TransPennine Express franchise and Northern franchise competitions. Shortlisted operators have until December to develop their bids before the formal Invitation to Tender...

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...

FirstGroup and MTR awarded South Western franchise

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...
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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.

Virgin Rail confirms ‘discussions with DfT’ to extend West Coast franchise

Virgin Rail Group has confirmed that it is in discussions with the Department for Transport (DfT) regarding an extension to the current West Coast rail franchise agreement. VRG is a joint venture between Virgin Group...

Scotland’s new railway

Amongst many other improvements, the next ScotRail franchise is to have faster more comfortable trains connecting its seven cities with scenic trains on tourist routes. This much has been widely reported but perhaps the big story is why the Scottish Government wants to pay more for rail quality improvements. With the current ScotRail franchise worth […]

What do they do? The Rail Delivery Group

Set up in the wake of the McNulty report, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) was tasked with analysing the 77-page document and working out how the recommendations could be applied to save the industry money whilst delivering a better service for passengers. Sir Roy McNulty’s thoughts are just the start for a group that is [...]

Abellio awarded Greater Anglia franchise

Abellio Greater Anglia Limited has been chosen as the new operator for the 'Greater Anglia' franchise which is currently operated by National Express East Anglia and stretches across Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. The franchise...

Station parking projects

Passengers are set to benefit from £15m of improvements to car parking facilities at stations across England after four schemes made successful bids for rail industry funding. The successful projects, to be delivered by the...

Centro: Work to solve Birmingham and Coventry rail bottleneck needed in addition to high...

Two extra railway tracks need to be laid along the West Coast Main Line between Birmingham and Coventry well ahead of any opening of the proposed high speed rail link if the West Midlands...

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