Category Archives: franchising

New Franchisee from 1st April

As of 1st April, Northern Rail no longer have the franchise to provide our train services. The new franchisee is Arriva Rail North. In terms of ownership, what this means is that our trains are operated by a subsidiary of … Continue reading

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New franchisees’ plans

The detail is now beginning to emerge about what we can expect under the new franchises for Northern and Trans-Pennine. First Group have retained the franchise for TransPennine, though the ownership structure is a bit different from the previous franchise. … Continue reading

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Refranchising of Northern and TransPennine Express

The six bidders (3 for each franchise) have now submitted their bids to the Department for Transport. SMART and SHRUG managed to meet with representatives from all the bidders before the franchise deadline, to put across our aspirations for improved … Continue reading

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Re-franchising of Northern and TransPennine Express – Invitation to Tender published

The Department for Transport has now published their requirements for the Northern and TransPennine Express franchises in the form of Invitations To Tender. They have also published a Stakeholder Briefing Document, which summarises the responses received to the consultation and … Continue reading

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