Topic: Rail franchising

UK government prolongs two rail franchises

Despite the rumours on the possible cancellation of the franchising system for railways, the UK government does otherwise. It has awarded two operating companies with the new contracts by prolonging the existing franchises. This extraordinary...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko

Arriva loses franchise in Northern England

Arriva UK Trains will lose the rail franchise in Northern England five years ahead of schedule. The UK government will take Northern, the troubled train operator, under its control from 1 March 2020 instead of...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Romans at Chester train station

Magic circle of rail franchise in UK

It’s a month since the UK’s newborn and veteran train operators have declared their inspiring plans for the future. Some companies even managed to report fewer quick wins. On the other hand, at least six...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko

Abellio loses ScotRail franchise in UK

The Dutch-owned train operator is to be ousted from its franchise contract in Scotland. It will be removed at the first break clause, in March 2022, said Transport Minister Michael Matheson in a statement to...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Walton
Virgin Trains

UK waves goodbye to Virgin Trains

United Kingdom has waved goodbye to Virgin Trains. The railway operator has been operating on the West Coast Main Line for over 22 years. It was the UK’s last railway enterprise owned by business magnate...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Hitachi AT300 train of Abellio, source: Abellio

Abellio replaces Stagecoach in East Midlands

The Dutch-owned transport company Abellio has replaced the UK-based Stagecoach Group in running the East Midlands rail franchise. Since 18 August East Midlands Railway (EMR), a subsidiary of Abellio, started its service on the routes...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Trainset of Virgin Trains, source: Wikipedia

Virgin Trains proposes airline model for rail

British train operating company Virgin Trains has proposed to provide radical reforms in the rail sector by implementing an airline-style model. This will allow the industry to abolish overcrowding, promote competition and attract long-term private...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Mutz train Bern Switserland

BLS accepts two concessions in Switzerland

Swiss railway company BLS AG accepts the concession decision from the Swiss Federal Transport Office (BAV), the company announced on Thursday. From December 2019 BLS will serve for the long-distance lines Bern-Biel and Bern-Burgdorf-Olten. BLS...Read more
|Comment|author: Carlijn Kruidhof