DFT Shortlisted Three Companies For West Midlands Franchise Competition
The Department for Transport has now shortlisted three companies for the next West Midlands franchise competition. These include Govia, the franchise’s current operator and two international firms.
The joint consortium of East Japan Railway and Mitsui & Co Ltd and MTR Corporation West Midlands Ltd ( A wholly-owned subsidiary of Chinese owned company MTR) are the other contenders.
The contract is expected to be made official in June 2017. According to the DfT, the companies that were selected were shortlisted after submitting an expression of interest today, but will need to work with West Midlands Rail to prepare for full devolution across the region”s network.
Rail minister Claire Perry said: “The West Midlands franchise serves both commuters and long distance passengers and we are confident these companies will create high quality bids that can deliver better journeys for all.” Today’s announcement marks a key step forward in giving passengers improved services across the region and beyond.
The new operator will take over the franchise in October 2017 when the London Midland’s extended contract ends. The current franchise combines commuter and long-distance services across the Midlands, the South East and North West, as well as services to London Euston and Liverpool Lime Street.
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