Written Question on Railways: Franchises

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Date Title Questioner
30 May 2018, 1:11 p.m. Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Labour - Life peer) Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Labour - Life peer)

Question to the Department for Transport

To ask Her Majesty's Government which companies operate rail services in the UK; on which routes each company operates; and for each route, when the contract comes to an end.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

The information requested is in the table below:

DfT-managed Franchise

Official Expiry Date

Train Operating Company

Wales and Borders

14-Oct-18

Arriva Trains Wales (see note 1)

East Coast

24-Jun-18

Virgin Trains East Coast

East Midlands

03-Mar-19

East Midlands Trains (see note 2)

South Eastern

01-Apr-19

Southeastern

Cross Country

13-Oct-19

Arriva Cross Country (see note 3)

West Coast

01-Apr-19

Virgin Trains West Coast (see note 4)

Great Western

01-Apr-20

Great Western Railway (see note 5)

TSGN

19-Sep-21

Govia Thameslink Railway

Chiltern

12-Dec-21

Chiltern Railways

TPE

01-Apr-23

First Trans Pennine Express

South Western

18-Aug-24

South Western Railways

Northern

01-Apr-25

Northern Rail

East Anglia

12-Oct-25

Greater Anglia

West Midlands

01-Apr-26

West Midlands Trains

Essex Thameside

11-Nov-29

C2C

Notes

1 The UK Government has agreed in principle to transfer franchising powers to the Welsh Government who are leading and undertaking the procurement of the next Wales and Borders Franchise.

2 Anticipated direct award until 18 Aug 19. As shown on the Rail Franchise Schedule (Jul 17)

3 Assumed that at least 2 additional rail periods (Dec 19) will be utilised. As shown on the Rail Franchise Schedule (Jul 17)

4 Assumed that additional rail periods will be utilised to align with the West Coast Partnership start date (15 Sep 19)

5 Anticipated direct award until Apr 22 as announced in the Strategic Vision for Rail


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