FRANCHISE NEWS- The shortlist was released yesterday by the Secretary of State for Transport listing the companies which have qualified to bid for the Northern and Transpennine routes.
We have got hold of the letter and it appears that three companies have passed the pre-qualification questionnaire and are now through to the next round where a formal invitation to Tender will be issued in December.
• Abellio Northern Ltd (part of the current franchise consortium)
• Arriva Rail North Ltd
• Govia Northern Ltd
We are particularly concerned about the rumours of station closures and cutbacks for the franchise even before the companies have been able to put forward plans and tender. We are continuing to fight for the Station to have a frequent passenger service and ask you to support us by signing the petition and becoming a member.
Please check back for more franchise news soon!