Spain's national rail operator, Renfe, and the Italian open access operator NTV have received the necessary paperwork from the UK's Department for Transport (DfT) to bid for future passenger rail franchises.
The situation on the UK's East Coast franchise has become "much more urgent" as Virgin Trains East Coast is set to run out of money and will only continue for a matter of "a very small number of months".
Greater Anglia has released the first pictures of its new Stadler carriages.
The trains are the first off the production line and have been transported from Stadler's factory in Hungary to Bussnang, Switzerland.
They will now be fitted with seats, lighting and...