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DfT disqualifies Stagecoach from three rail franchise bids

RAIL

12 April 2019
 

Stagecoach and Virgin’s involvement in operating rail services in Britain looks set to end after the DfT disqualified Stagecoach from three franchise bids in a dispute about pension liabilities. 

Stagecoach had been bidding for the East Midlands Trains franchise, the South Eastern franchise (with Alstom), and the West Coast Partnership in which it was part of a joint bid with Virgin Group and SNCF.

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