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In brief: Issue 600 6 Jul 2012

End of the line for state’s rail operator

The InterCity East Coast rail franchise will be back in private hands by the end of 2013, the DfT said this week. A consultation on the franchise has just been launched. Services have been operated by state-owned Directly Operated Railways since National Express Group’s contract was terminated in November 2009 owing to poor trading conditions. The new franchise is planned to start in December 2013 and will run for ten to 12 years with an extension of a further two. Bidders will be...

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