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Reflections: Issue Issue 29 11 Jun 2012

Latest British train operating franchises continue to be focus of international interest

Overseas bidders are once again making their presence felt in the latest three British train operating franchises to come to the market, with the UK?continuing to be a fertile hunting ground for the state owned operations from Germany, France and Holland, alongside others from further afield.

On Great Western, incumbent operator First Group, which opted not to take up an option to extend its current franchise in the light of the changed UK economy, is on the shortlist. It faces competition...

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