Franchise News

New Direct Award Contract for Southeastern

Southeastern has confirmed that the Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded a Direct Award Contract that will allow the Southeastern franchise to continue operating until 16 October 2021, with the option to extend at the DfT’s discretion until 31 March...

Govia Thameslink Railway suspends Gatwick Express service

Govia Thameslink Railway has announced that from Monday, 30 March, the Gatwick Express service will be temporarily suspended until further notice, in response to a significant fall in passenger numbers at the airport and to help keep other trains running.

Go-Ahead lands Norwegian train operating contract

British public transport provider Go-Ahead Group is to become the first private train operator to run services in Norway.

New Wales and Borders franchise begins as KeolisAmey takes charge

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, has described today as an important moment for devolution, welcoming KeolisAmey as the new operators of Wales and Borders rail services.

UK rail industry facing most significant review since privatisation

The assessment will consider making ambitious reforms to strengthen franchises and improve reliability. 

Cross Country franchise competition dropped because of rail review

The new Cross Country franchise will no longer be awarded in 2019 as planned following the launch of a major review into Britain's rail system.

Keolis: Managing passenger expectations greatest challenge of Wales and Borders franchise

Bernard Tabary, Keolis International CEO, was quizzed by the media on the Wales and Border franchise and other topics during a Q&A session at InnoTrans.

Naivety, over-optimism and mismanagement contributed to East Coast franchise failure

That is according to the UK's Transport Committee, which has published a new report into what went wrong.

Rolling stock contracts agreed for new Wales and Borders franchise

The news follows the announcement that KeolisAmey will work with Transport for Wales to operate and develop the next 15-year Wales and Border franchise.

East Midlands rail franchise invite to tender launched

UK rail minister Jo Johnson has announced that the Department for Transport has published the invitation to tender for the next East Midlands franchise.

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New Direct Award Contract for Southeastern

Southeastern has confirmed that the Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded a Direct Award Contract that will allow the Southeastern franchise to continue operating...

New agreement ensures continuity of GWR services until 2023

Train operator First Group has signed a new direct award agreement with the Department for Transport (DfT) to continue operating Great Western Railway (GWR)...