Go-Ahead lands Norwegian train operating contract

Latest Rail News

Interim report on Port Talbot track worker fatalities reveals “there was no safe system of work in place”

Network Rail has released an interim report into the fatalities that occurred at Margam, near Port Talbot in...

Gian Paolo Gotelli to head up TX Logistik

Rail logistics group TX Logistik has appointed Gian Paolo Gotelli as its new CEO. TX...

First train for Shanghai Metro line 14 completed

The first driverless metro train for Shanghai Metro’s Line 14 has rolled off the assembly line in CRRC...

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

The company, which operates the GTR and Southeastern franchises in the UK in partnership with Keolis, has been awarded the Oslo South package by Norway’s rail authority.

Go-Ahead Nordic will run a variety of long-distance and suburban services in Sørlandsbanen, Arendalsbanen, and Jærbanen.

The eight-year contract, which includes an optional two-year extension, starts in December 2019.

This is the first train operating contract to be let by the Norwegian Railway Directorate (Jernbanedirektoratet) in line with EU rules requiring member states to open up domestic passenger railways to competition.

Jernbanedirektoratet said the competition between the three final bidders was extremely close, with the final decision coming down to ‘marginal differences’ in the bids.

As well as its operations in Norway and the UK, Go-Ahead also has four rail contracts in Germany.

David Brown, chief executive officer at Go-Ahead said: “We are delighted to be given this opportunity to deliver Norway’s first contracted rail services. This is part of our targeted international strategy.

“We look forward to working with the Norwegian authorities to bring our international rail expertise and our customer knowledge together to deliver reliable and comfortable local services.”

Magnus Hedin, director of Go-Ahead Nordic, added: “Our focus is on customer satisfaction, reliability and local decisions taken with our partners.

“We want to be a local operator who understands Norwegian transport needs and the local Norwegian customers, while benefiting from extensive experience in the UK.”


Read more: Aberdeen reveal for Scotland’s HSTs


 

The post Go-Ahead lands Norwegian train operating contract appeared first on RailStaff.

- Advertisement -

Popular

GE to partner BNSF on battery freight locomotive tests

The programme will see GE Transportation design and build an AC Evolution Series locomotive which will feature an overall energy-management system, including onboard energy storage.

DHL and Latvian Railways to boost Baltic and Nordic connections with China

A memorandum of understanding and cooperation (MUC) has been signed between DHL Global Forwarding...

First train for Shanghai Metro line 14 completed

The first driverless metro train for Shanghai Metro’s Line 14 has rolled off...

More Articles Like This

- Advertisement -