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Shortlist for new InterCity East Coast rail services
Department for Transport has announced that the following companies have successfully pre-qualified to bid as part of the InterCity East Coast franchise competition: East Coast Trains Ltd (First Group plc) Keolis/Eurostar East Coast Limited (Keolis (UK) Limited and Eurostar International...
Rail firms "rip off passengers for millions over delay refunds"
Rail firms are pocketing millions in compensation for train delays-and short changing passengers by over £140 million at the same time, claims rail union TSSA..Despite being paid £163 milion for delays last year by taxpayer funded Network Rail, the private rail firms have only admitted paying...
Government announcement on franchising will help to restore rail industry confidence, say rail leade
 The Rail Delivery Group, which is the leadership group for Britain’s railway industry, has expressed its support for the Government’s publication of the franchising programme, which has been announced today.Graham Smith, Director-General of the Rail Delivery Group, said: “As the...
ATOC responds to changes in rail regulation
Responding to an ORR and DfT announcement on changes in rail regulation, Michael Roberts, Chief Executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), said: "This is a broadly helpful response from Government to a range of recommendations from the Transport Select Committee. In...
ORR Statement on joint consultation conclusions published
The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) and Department for Transport (DfT) today published a statement on conclusions of a joint consultation carried out between December 2011 and March 2012 on A greater role for ORR regulating passenger franchisees in England and Wales.To unify the current...
Virgin Trains to run West Coast Mainline for extra 23 months
From the BBCThe government has announced Virgin Trains will run the West Coast Mainline for a further 23 months - hours before a report into the collapse of the line's franchise deal is published.An inquiry has examined why the £5bn deal collapsed in October.First Group was initially told...
ATOC reponds to the Transport Secretary's statement on the West Coast Mainline franchise
Responding to the Transport Secretary’s statement to the Commons on the Intercity West Coast franchise, a spokesperson for the Association of Train Operating Companies said:  “This provides passengers and the rail industry with a way forward for the Intercity West Coast...
Train companies respond to DfT franchising announcement
Responding to today’s DfT announcement, Michael Roberts, Chief Executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) said:“The discovery of significant flaws in the DfT’s franchising process is a cause of great concern. It is in the interests of passengers, taxpayers and the rail...
Virgin Rail Group welcomes West Coast franchise extension discussions
Virgin Rail Group (VRG) confirms that it is in discussions with the Department for Transport (DfT) regarding an extension to the current West Coast rail franchise agreement.VRG is a joint venture between Virgin Group and Stagecoach and operates the West Coast franchise through its Virgin Trains...
Rail Companies set for more freedom
 Rail companies set for more freedom   From :  http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/transport-environment/rail-companies-set-for-more-freedom-1.108091920 Jan 2011Train companies are to be given greater freedom to set timetables but will face new targets on tackling...

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