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Interview: Issue 294 15 Sep 2006

Dutch go it alone in quest for new UK rail interests

NedRailways won two rail franchises through its partnership with Serco, so it was a surprise to see the company bidding alone for the new London Rail concession. James Dark spoke to NedRailways chief executive Anton Valk

By James Dark

When Transport for London announced the shortlisted bidders for its new London Rail concession it was a surprise to find that NedRailways was bidding without its long-term partner, Serco. NedRailways will compete alone against FirstGroup, Govia and a joint venture between Laing and Hong Kong’s MTR for the contract, which will eventually combine Silverlink Metro services with the extended East London Line.

The joint venture between the international arm of Dutch national train operator,...

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