Contenders for franchises to run York rail services announced

A TransPennine Express train makes its way past the level crossing at Kirkham Abbey

A TransPennine Express train makes its way past the level crossing at Kirkham Abbey

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PASSENGERS have been promised "a world-class rail network" as the Government announced the shortlists of companies to run future rail services in the North.

Three operators have been shortlisted for the York-based Northern rail franchise, which runs trains from York to places such as Harrogate, Selby, Hull, Leeds and Blackpool. The contenders are Abellio, which currently runs Northern with Circo in a joint venture, and Arriva and Govia.

Three operators have also been shortlisted for TransPennine Express, which runs trains from York to destinations including Scarborough, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool. The contenders are FirstGroup, Keolis and Stagecoach. FirstGroup and Keolis currently operate TPE in a joint venture.

The winners are due to be announced in October next year.

The RMT transport union said the new franchises were to be let "on the clear basis of axing guards and other safety-critical staff, closing routes and stations, hiking fares, closing ticket offices and cancelling first and last trains."

But Rail Minister Claire Perry said the competing companies would be asked "to come up with innovative and ambitious proposals that will ensure a truly world-class rail network for the region."

She added: "Building a railway that is fit for the 21st century is a vital part of our long-term economic plan, connecting businesses and communities, generating jobs and boosting growth, and we need strong private sector partners to help us achieve this ambition."

The new operator will also be expected to work closely with Rail North, which represents the region's local authorities, to ensure local rail users will have more influence in how services are run.

The Government said bidders would be expected to show how they will make the most of the Government's £1 billion investment programme for the rail network in the North of England.

It added that responses from a public consultation, which closed on Monday, would be taken into account when the franchise proposals were developed further.

Meanwhile, it emerged yesterday that rail passengers could pay up to 3.5 per cent more for their tickets next January, following the announcement of the July inflation figures.

Train companies are entitled to raise their fares by one per cent above the Retail Price Index rate, which in July was 2.5 per cent.

East Coast said it was too soon to say how much its fares would rise. If a full 3.5 per cent hike was imposed, it would mean a super off-peak return from York to London increasing from £100.80 to more than £104.

Labour, the Campaign for Better Transport and Passenger Focus criticised the news.

Rail Minister Claire Perry acknowledged passengers had had to contend with "inflation-busting fare rises" over the past decade but insisted the Government was committed to "fair fares".

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10:59am Wed 20 Aug 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Some clarification of what happens when the Scarborough line ISN'T electrified might be of interest. Will passengers from TPX services have to change at York or will the service be transferred to Northern? (I can see the headline now: "Pacers for Malton and Seamer"...).
Some clarification of what happens when the Scarborough line ISN'T electrified might be of interest. Will passengers from TPX services have to change at York or will the service be transferred to Northern? (I can see the headline now: "Pacers for Malton and Seamer"...). Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 13

12:57pm Wed 20 Aug 14

amike says...

'competing companies would be asked "to come up with innovative and ambitious proposals'

Such as Northern Rails plan the not allow passengers to travel in many areas on off-peak tickets from 16.01pm to 18.29pm. to raise more cash.

It's almost too expensive to use and not going to help take cars off the road.
'competing companies would be asked "to come up with innovative and ambitious proposals' Such as Northern Rails plan the not allow passengers to travel in many areas on off-peak tickets from 16.01pm to 18.29pm. to raise more cash. It's almost too expensive to use and not going to help take cars off the road. amike
  • Score: 12

1:07pm Wed 20 Aug 14

asd says...

Nice to know that a profit making Public owned company will be privatized. Yep even though it makes money for US they want to let there chums in private sector with back hand deals and money indirectly to there parties run it. It ran at a loss under privatisation as for Innovated idea's the government says well they are having a laugh since when have they wanted innovated or safety brought to the fore front
Nice to know that a profit making Public owned company will be privatized. Yep even though it makes money for US they want to let there chums in private sector with back hand deals and money indirectly to there parties run it. It ran at a loss under privatisation as for Innovated idea's the government says well they are having a laugh since when have they wanted innovated or safety brought to the fore front asd
  • Score: 10

1:21pm Wed 20 Aug 14

GBTYZ says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
Some clarification of what happens when the Scarborough line ISN'T electrified might be of interest. Will passengers from TPX services have to change at York or will the service be transferred to Northern? (I can see the headline now: "Pacers for Malton and Seamer"...).
Do you never read the article Northern are not in the running you always moan about somthing do you never have a positive slant on anything
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: Some clarification of what happens when the Scarborough line ISN'T electrified might be of interest. Will passengers from TPX services have to change at York or will the service be transferred to Northern? (I can see the headline now: "Pacers for Malton and Seamer"...).[/p][/quote]Do you never read the article Northern are not in the running you always moan about somthing do you never have a positive slant on anything GBTYZ
  • Score: 3

1:32pm Wed 20 Aug 14

northernshawn says...

The joint venture that currently run Northern is with Abellio and Serco, not Abellio and Circo.
The joint venture that currently run Northern is with Abellio and Serco, not Abellio and Circo. northernshawn
  • Score: 2

3:13pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Fat Harry says...

Funny how the Tories LOVE spending public money when the beneficiaries are their rich pals.

We hear so much about disabled people being scroungers, yet billions of pur money is being thrown at freeloaders masquerading as train operating companies through direct subsidies and the indirect subsidy of us all funding the tracks via Network Rail. We're in the ludicrous situation that some train companies can pay out more in shareholder dividend than they make in declared profits.

One company that makes a net contribution to the treasury (East Coast) can do so precisely because it's in the public sector, so what do the Tories do? Decide to GIVE it back to the private sector, so it can go back to making a loss at our expense. You couldnt make it up. At least the shareholders will be happy and thats the main thing.

The latest scam at Northern is the government-backed plan to move towards getting rid of all guards and conductors and introducing driver-only operated trains. That'll dovetail well with the booking-office closure programme. No staff on stations, no staff on trains. What could possibly go wrong?
Funny how the Tories LOVE spending public money when the beneficiaries are their rich pals. We hear so much about disabled people being scroungers, yet billions of pur money is being thrown at freeloaders masquerading as train operating companies through direct subsidies and the indirect subsidy of us all funding the tracks via Network Rail. We're in the ludicrous situation that some train companies can pay out more in shareholder dividend than they make in declared profits. One company that makes a net contribution to the treasury (East Coast) can do so precisely because it's in the public sector, so what do the Tories do? Decide to GIVE it back to the private sector, so it can go back to making a loss at our expense. You couldnt make it up. At least the shareholders will be happy and thats the main thing. The latest scam at Northern is the government-backed plan to move towards getting rid of all guards and conductors and introducing driver-only operated trains. That'll dovetail well with the booking-office closure programme. No staff on stations, no staff on trains. What could possibly go wrong? Fat Harry
  • Score: 21

6:43pm Wed 20 Aug 14

bloodaxe says...

Rail privatisation. What a disaster. Odd that the most successful operator is East Coast, which returns more than it takes, is to be handed to the subsidy-needy private sector. Why does the myth of private efficiency and "wealth generation" persist ?
Rail privatisation. What a disaster. Odd that the most successful operator is East Coast, which returns more than it takes, is to be handed to the subsidy-needy private sector. Why does the myth of private efficiency and "wealth generation" persist ? bloodaxe
  • Score: 7

6:53pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

GBTYZ wrote:
Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
Some clarification of what happens when the Scarborough line ISN'T electrified might be of interest. Will passengers from TPX services have to change at York or will the service be transferred to Northern? (I can see the headline now: "Pacers for Malton and Seamer"...).
Do you never read the article Northern are not in the running you always moan about somthing do you never have a positive slant on anything
I'm talking about the current Northern franchise as advertised, not the operating name of the current franchise-holder. As it appears in the article. Pay attention. .
[quote][p][bold]GBTYZ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: Some clarification of what happens when the Scarborough line ISN'T electrified might be of interest. Will passengers from TPX services have to change at York or will the service be transferred to Northern? (I can see the headline now: "Pacers for Malton and Seamer"...).[/p][/quote]Do you never read the article Northern are not in the running you always moan about somthing do you never have a positive slant on anything[/p][/quote]I'm talking about the current Northern franchise as advertised, not the operating name of the current franchise-holder. As it appears in the article. Pay attention. . Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 1

4:17am Thu 21 Aug 14

Magicman! says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
Some clarification of what happens when the Scarborough line ISN'T electrified might be of interest. Will passengers from TPX services have to change at York or will the service be transferred to Northern? (I can see the headline now: "Pacers for Malton and Seamer"...).
The Scarborough spur will be bolted on to the Northern Blackpool service, which will then run limited-stop between York and Leeds. Providing that the new Northern operator can keep the correct classes bound to the route (which if it goes to Arriva is questionable, considering the last time they operated the Northern franchise) then it should be class 158 Sprinters running the route, which isn't too bad so long as trains are a minimum of 3 coaches - the middle coaches on most of the sets used to go to Scarborough with Transpennine Express anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: Some clarification of what happens when the Scarborough line ISN'T electrified might be of interest. Will passengers from TPX services have to change at York or will the service be transferred to Northern? (I can see the headline now: "Pacers for Malton and Seamer"...).[/p][/quote]The Scarborough spur will be bolted on to the Northern Blackpool service, which will then run limited-stop between York and Leeds. Providing that the new Northern operator can keep the correct classes bound to the route (which if it goes to Arriva is questionable, considering the last time they operated the Northern franchise) then it should be class 158 Sprinters running the route, which isn't too bad so long as trains are a minimum of 3 coaches - the middle coaches on most of the sets used to go to Scarborough with Transpennine Express anyway. Magicman!
  • Score: 0

4:24am Thu 21 Aug 14

Magicman! says...

Fat Harry wrote:
Funny how the Tories LOVE spending public money when the beneficiaries are their rich pals.

We hear so much about disabled people being scroungers, yet billions of pur money is being thrown at freeloaders masquerading as train operating companies through direct subsidies and the indirect subsidy of us all funding the tracks via Network Rail. We're in the ludicrous situation that some train companies can pay out more in shareholder dividend than they make in declared profits.

One company that makes a net contribution to the treasury (East Coast) can do so precisely because it's in the public sector, so what do the Tories do? Decide to GIVE it back to the private sector, so it can go back to making a loss at our expense. You couldnt make it up. At least the shareholders will be happy and thats the main thing.

The latest scam at Northern is the government-backed plan to move towards getting rid of all guards and conductors and introducing driver-only operated trains. That'll dovetail well with the booking-office closure programme. No staff on stations, no staff on trains. What could possibly go wrong?
Welcome to Tory-land, where the rich get richer thanks to a corrupt incompetant government led only by their desires to scratch the backs of one another. Let's be honest, we all knew this would happen 4 years ago when we saw the smug-faced Cameron set foot inside Number 10... Tories don't know how to actually serve the public, all they know how to do well is serve themselves and their rich friends (some of whom have a first name of 'Sheikh')

take a look at the wording for the new franchises, put it into working-man's english and the result is basically that the government wants the franchise holders to carry more passengers with less staff and less trains whilst having higher fares. Northern have already put this into practice with their new afternoon peak time restrictions between 4pm and 6.30pm whereby only full price tickets are allowed - oh yes, because I really love having to pay out even more to STAND ON A 2-COACH 30 YEAR OLD BUS ON RAILS
[quote][p][bold]Fat Harry[/bold] wrote: Funny how the Tories LOVE spending public money when the beneficiaries are their rich pals. We hear so much about disabled people being scroungers, yet billions of pur money is being thrown at freeloaders masquerading as train operating companies through direct subsidies and the indirect subsidy of us all funding the tracks via Network Rail. We're in the ludicrous situation that some train companies can pay out more in shareholder dividend than they make in declared profits. One company that makes a net contribution to the treasury (East Coast) can do so precisely because it's in the public sector, so what do the Tories do? Decide to GIVE it back to the private sector, so it can go back to making a loss at our expense. You couldnt make it up. At least the shareholders will be happy and thats the main thing. The latest scam at Northern is the government-backed plan to move towards getting rid of all guards and conductors and introducing driver-only operated trains. That'll dovetail well with the booking-office closure programme. No staff on stations, no staff on trains. What could possibly go wrong?[/p][/quote]Welcome to Tory-land, where the rich get richer thanks to a corrupt incompetant government led only by their desires to scratch the backs of one another. Let's be honest, we all knew this would happen 4 years ago when we saw the smug-faced Cameron set foot inside Number 10... Tories don't know how to actually serve the public, all they know how to do well is serve themselves and their rich friends (some of whom have a first name of 'Sheikh') take a look at the wording for the new franchises, put it into working-man's english and the result is basically that the government wants the franchise holders to carry more passengers with less staff and less trains whilst having higher fares. Northern have already put this into practice with their new afternoon peak time restrictions between 4pm and 6.30pm whereby only full price tickets are allowed - oh yes, because I really love having to pay out even more to STAND ON A 2-COACH 30 YEAR OLD BUS ON RAILS Magicman!
  • Score: 3

4:27am Thu 21 Aug 14

Magicman! says...

bloodaxe wrote:
Rail privatisation. What a disaster. Odd that the most successful operator is East Coast, which returns more than it takes, is to be handed to the subsidy-needy private sector. Why does the myth of private efficiency and "wealth generation" persist ?
Because the Tories keep feeding the myth so their rich buddies continue giving them backhanders in return for continuing perks and tax breaks. Cameron has laid the foundation for the Tories to do the same thing to the NHS when they next get a term in parliament, and has done preliminary work to privatise the roads network 2 terms down the line.

too many heads in the trough when it comes to private companies, with the ones demanding the most being the ones that never get kicked out, that's why it doesn't work
[quote][p][bold]bloodaxe[/bold] wrote: Rail privatisation. What a disaster. Odd that the most successful operator is East Coast, which returns more than it takes, is to be handed to the subsidy-needy private sector. Why does the myth of private efficiency and "wealth generation" persist ?[/p][/quote]Because the Tories keep feeding the myth so their rich buddies continue giving them backhanders in return for continuing perks and tax breaks. Cameron has laid the foundation for the Tories to do the same thing to the NHS when they next get a term in parliament, and has done preliminary work to privatise the roads network 2 terms down the line. too many heads in the trough when it comes to private companies, with the ones demanding the most being the ones that never get kicked out, that's why it doesn't work Magicman!
  • Score: 3

8:11pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Pinza-C55 says...

I feel pretty sure that several of the commenters are Tory supporters and used to whinge about the railways when they were British Rail.
Hurts doesn't it ?
I feel pretty sure that several of the commenters are Tory supporters and used to whinge about the railways when they were British Rail. Hurts doesn't it ? Pinza-C55
  • Score: 0

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