Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions First Report


ANNEX

Passenger Rail Franchises

Current train operating company
Original Franchise
Changes since original franchise commencement date
  
Start
Length
Expiry
Franchisee
  
Anglia Railways
05.01.97
7 years 3 months
04.04.04
GB Railways Group PLC
--
Arriva Trains Merseyside
19.01.97
7 years 2 months
18.03.04
MTL Trust Holdings Ltd.
Previously Merseyrail Electrics. Arriva acquired the franchise from MTL in February 2000 for a period of 12 months on existing terms. An extension agreement was signed in February 2001 for a further two years
Arriva Trains Northern
02.03.97
7 years 1 month
01.04.04
MTL Trust Holdings Ltd.
Previously Regional Railways North East and then Northern Spirit. Arriva acquired the franchise from MTL in February 2000 for a period of 12 months on existing terms. An extension agreement was signed in February 2001 for a further two years.
Cardiff Railway
13.10.96
7 years 6 months
12.04.04
Prism Rail
The takeover of Prism by National Express Group was agreed on 17 January 2001.
Central Trains
02.03.97
7 years 1 month
01.04.04
National Express Group
--
Chiltern Railways
21.07.96
7 years
20.07.03
M40 Trains Ltd.
Heads of Terms signed in August 2000 for a new 20-year franchise with M40 Trains. New franchise agreement currently being negotiated.
Connex South Central
26.05.96
7 years
25.05. 03
Connex Rail Ltd. (renamed Connex Transport UK Ltd.)
Transferred to GoVia on 26 August 2001. New 20-year franchise agreement being negotiated with GoVia.
Connex South Eastern
13.10.96
15 years
12.10.11
Connex Rail Ltd. (renamed Connex Transport UK Ltd.)
--
C2C
26.05.96
15 years
25.05.11
Prism Rail
Formerly known as LTS Rail. The takeover of Prism by National Express Group was agreed on 17 January 2001.
Gatwick Express
28.04.96
15 years
27.04.11
National Express Group
--
Great Eastern
05.01.97
7 years 3 months
04.04.04
FirstGroup PLC
--
Great North Eastern Railway
28.04.96
7 years
27.04.03
GNER Holdings Ltd.
Two-year extension being negotiated.
Great Western
04.02.96
10 years
03.02.06
Great Western Holdings Ltd.
FirstGroup plc acquired Great Western Holdings Ltd. in March 1998.
Island Line
13.10.96
5 years
12.10.01
Stagecoach Holdings
Two-year extension until 27 September 2003 agreed in March 2001.
Midland Main Line
28.04.96
10 years
27.04.06
National Express Group
Two-year extension agreed on 10 August 2000
North Western
02.03.97
7 years 1 month
01.04.04
Great Western Holdings Ltd.
FirstGroup plc. acquired Great Western Holdings Ltd. in March 1998
ScotRail
31.03.97
7 years
30 .03.04
National Express Group
-
Silverlink
02.03.97
7 years 6 months
01.09.04
National Express Group
Formerly known as North London Railways
South West Trains
04.02.96
7 years
03.02.03
Stagecoach Holdings PLC
Heads of Terms signed in April 2001 for a new franchise for up to 20 years with Stagecoach Holdings. New franchise agreement currently being negotiated.
Thames Trains
13.10.96
7 years 6 months
12.04.04
Victory Railway Holdings
In June 1998 it was agreed that Go-Ahead Group plc would take over from Victory Railway Holdings
Thameslink
02.03.97
7 years 1 month
01.04.04
GoVia PLC
--
Virgin Cross Country
05.01.97
15 years
04.01.12
Virgin Rail Group Ltd.
--
Virgin West Coast Trains
09.03.97
15 years
08.03.12
Virgin Rail Group Ltd.
--
Wales and West
13.10.96
7 years 6 months
12.04.04
Prism Rail
Previously South Wales and West. The takeover of Prism by National Express Group was agreed on 17 January 2001.
West Anglia Great Northern
05.01.97
7 years 3 months
04.04.04
Prism Rail
The takeover of Prism by National Express Group was agreed on 17 January 2001.


Notes:

1. The Shadow Strategic Rail Authority announced in June 2000 its intention to develop new franchises for Wales and Borders and Wessex. The Strategic Rail Authority announced on 15 February 2001 that it had shortlisted four parties for negotiations to select a preferred operator for a new Wales and Borders franchise. On 2 March 2001 it announced that it had prequalified seven parties to prepare proposals for a new Wessex franchise.

2. The 'Wales and Borders' managerial unit will consist of Valley Lines' services and Wales and West services within Wales and to some English destinations. Discussions are continuing with National Express Group on an early transfer of services within Mid-Wales (from Central Trains) to the new Wales and Borders management unit. Services in North Wales will currently continue to be operated by First North Western.

3. The 'Wessex Trains' managerial unit will consist of Wales and West services not transferring to Wales and Borders. London Waterloo-Exeter services and Reading-Brighton services will currently continue to be operated by South West Trains.

(Source: HC Deb, 10 December 2001, cols. 565-68W)

4. On 19 December 2001, the Strategic Rail Authority announced that it had restarted the franchise replacement process and expressions of interest were sought from prospective bidders for the new Wales and Borders, Northern and Merseyside franchises ('Building a better railway: new franchising plan to bring forward benefits for passengers', SRA News Release, 19 December 2001).

5. A two-year extension until April 2005 of the existing GNER franchise was announced in January 2002 ('Two-year GNER Extension Agreed - £100m Private Sector Investment Committed', SRA News Release, 16 January 2002).


 
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