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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.

Details of £5bn transformation of Welsh rail services revealed

The First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has hailed a "landmark moment" in the future development of his country as plans of how £5 billion will be spent to transform its railways have been revealed.

Welsh Government awards Wales and Borders rail franchise

Further details for the next franchise and the South West Metro will be shared "at the earliest possible opportunity" following the standstill period.

First Group-Trenitalia JV pulls out of East Midlands franchise bidding

The joint venture - 70 per cent First Group, 30 per cent Trenitalia - has pulled out to focus on its bid for the West Coast Partnership franchise, according to a spokesperson.

British train operator FirstGroup rejects buyout bid

British rail operator FirstGroup has rejected a takeover bid from US equity firm Apollo Management.

Major disruption to train services in France as three months of rail strikes begin

April 3, or "Black Tuesday" as French media have labelled it, marked the start of three months of rolling nationwide strikes, which will see SNCF staff strike two days in every five until June 28.

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