Posted 4th July 2019 | 2 Comments

4 July: news in brief

LNER contract could be extended

THE state-owned East Coast franchise LNER could be set to continue until the middle of the next decade, although it had been intended to last only two years. LNER replaced the failed Virgin Trains East Coast franchise in June last year, and was expected to be replaced by a new East Coast Partnership involving the private sector in June 2020. But with the franchising programme in increasing disarray and almost certain to be radically altered by the forthcoming Williams Rail Review, the DfT has filed an EU Prior Information Notice which would allow an extension by Direct Award up to 2025. The DfT said extending LNER is ‘only one option’ and that no decision has yet been taken.

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  • Andrew Gwilt, Benfleet Essex

    I think LNER should do a brilliant job on maintaining the East Coast franchise and yes to extend the franchise to 10 years with new trains already coming into service as some of the Class 800 IETs have already started service.

  • royburnley@live.co.uk, Bradford

    GOOD IDEA LNER SEIMSE GOOD RAILWAY COMPANY AND GOOD BRAND. I IS A WAST TAX PAYERS MONEY TO KEEP PRIVATEISING IT
    SO KEEP IT HAS IT IS...

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