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Rail News: Issue Issue 19 24 Mar 2011

Shortlists announced for new West Coast and Greater Anglia franchises

Virgin Trains faces competition from FirstGroup, Abellio and SNCF in its bid to retain the new 14-year West Coast franchise, while National Express will lose its Greater Anglia franchise. The companies shortlisted by the Department for Transport to compete for the Greater Anglia contract are Abellio, Stagecoach and Go Ahead.

It is understood that the new Greater Anglia franchise attracted limited interest from transport operators due to its short length of 17 months with the possibility of a...

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