Rail franchises operators & contracts

National Express Group awarded contract

16.08.07: Passenger Focus, the independent rail consumer watchdog, has responded to the announcement by the Department for Transport that the National Express Group has been awarded the contract to run the Intercity East Coast rail franchise from 9 Decemb...

New East coast rail franchise

16.08.07: EAST Coast train operator GNER has shared the disappointment of its bid partners, Stagecoach Group plc and The Virgin Group of Companies, after the Department for Transport announced that the partnership bid for a new Inter City East Coast franc...

New Train Company unveiled

16.08.07: A new train company for the East Midlands and South Yorkshire area has unveiled its name, logo and the look of its train livery – and plans for millions of pounds of improvements to trains and stations. East Midlands Trains, run by St...

Praise for 20% rail passenger rise

16.08.07: Public transport leaders have praised a local train operator for increasing passenger numbers by a fifth in just three years. Northern Rail began running services across the north of England in 2004 and was recently named as the public transpor...

George Muir Announces His Intention to Retire As ATOC Director General

09.08.07: George Muir, Director General of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), has announced that he will retire when he turns sixty five early next year after more then eight years’ service. Adrian Shooter, Chairman of the ATO...

GNER unveils new look for station waiting ‘pods’

26.07.07: EAST Coast train operator GNER has unveiled the latest stage of its programme of station improvements, aimed at improving the journey experience for passengers. Three glass-covered waiting ‘pods’ within Newcastle station, betwee...

TouchPC provides electronic accounting for GNER’s on board sales

23.07.07: Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) was faced with the challenge of simplifying its catering and retail sales accounting on board its fleet of 75 trains. A new customer service culture had meant expansion and upgrade of its catering offer includi...

Metronet Rail BCV & SSL go into PPP administration

19.07.07: Tube safety and operations not affected Metronet Rail BCV Limited (“BCV”) and Metronet Rail SSL Limited (“SSL”), the companies responsible for the maintenance and renewal of the Bakerloo, Central, Victoria, and Water...

ORR track access criteria and procedures review

19.07.07: ORR has published the way forward on its review of track access approval procedures. Many of the changes outlined in the publication are aimed at cutting red tape for Network Rail and train operators when they apply to ORR for track access....

GNER welcomes progress on east coast rail route strategy

13.07.07: GNER has welcomed Network Rail’s publication by of the Draft East Coast Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS), a 10-year strategic blueprint for the flagship East Coast Main Line between London and Scotland. The long-awaited report launche...

First Scotrail shortlisted for business awards

21.06.07: Glasgow-based First ScotRail has been announced as a finalist in The Weber Shandwick Employer of the Year Award in the 2007 National Business Awards for Scotland, sponsored by Orange. First ScotRail, a division of FirstGroup Plc, holds the...

New rail franchise delivers new trains and more services for the west midlands

21.06.07: The Department for Transport has announced that London and Birmingham Railway Ltd (a subsidiary of Govia) has been awarded the contract to run the new West Midlands franchise from 11th November 2007. The new franchise is a combination of th...

Companies who shy away from combining road and rail to transport goods could be missing out.

19.06.07: There is now a genuine case for transport managers to widen their scope and increase rail use - particularly with environmental factors coming sharply into focus. "In many cases companies are opting to transport solely by road networks simp...

Meet international buyers and listen to key project speakers

18.06.07: Opportunity for UK airport, ports and railway suppliers to meet international buyers and to listen to international project speakers. UK companies supplying airports, ports and railways will be given the opportunity to meet international bu...

Fare’s unfair

01.05.07: Alistair Carmichael MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary. The Liberal Democrats have frequently highlighted the higher cost of rail fares in this country compared to those paid in other EU countries and, although there are many b...

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