Longer franchise for Transpennine Express, more trains for Northern

Face to faceA double helping of news from the region’s train operators: First Keolis have had their Transpennine Express franchise extended sometime between April 2014 and March 2015, up to an additional 3 years and two months; and meanwhile Northern Rail are to operate 22 extra carriages from December. Extension of the Transpennine Express franchise means that it could be re-let at the same time as Northern Rail, in a different form. The additional carriages for Northern will be in the shape of seven Pacers and four Sprinters.

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6 Responses to Longer franchise for Transpennine Express, more trains for Northern

  1. Shaun says:

    There was a report earlier in the year about suggestions for future franchises and it did talk about splitting Northern Rail back into two halves and merging TPE into the two companies. Also suggested merging CrossCountry’s routes into other franchises such as West Coast, East Coast.

    The report also delves further by suggesting that maybe the two halves of Northern Rail would be merged into West Coast East Coast franchises as commuter services.


  2. Paul Sidorczuk says:

    This has recently been amended by the decision to extend the First TPE franchaise to 2015 (with the proviso that this could be terminated in 2014) with a view of a future view of the franchaise area currently operated by Northern Rail and First TPE.

  3. william says:

    Bear in mind First are already not continuing the Great western franchise, I’m wondering if they will go the way of Grand Central and develop more of there own routes to add the collection of Hull trains. They did try, and fail, with the Harrogate application, but who knows what plans lie ahead in the future.

    • Paul Sidorczuk says:

      Did First Great Western decide not to accept the final three years of that franchaise, as that period would have entailed them in special financial structures?

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  5. Filomena says:

    Wow, this paragraph is fastidious, my sister is analyzing these kinds of things, therefore I am going to inform her.

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