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Consultations
Franchising
Network Rail Control Period 7 planning
Publications
Route improvement works
Various

Consultations


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20 June 2022. Monday. START of Transport for the South East's 12-week consultation on their draft Strategic Investment Plan.

Hampshire County Council
26 June 2022. Sunday. Close of Hampshire County Council's consultation on Local Transport Plan 4.

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11 September 2022. Sunday. Close of Transport for the South East's 12-week consultation on their draft Strategic Investment Plan.

Consultation responses to date, by organisation, can be viewed or downloaded here.

Franchising

DfT new
On Monday 23 March 2020 all DfT franchise operators transfered to Emergency Measures Agreements for six months.
On Monday 21 September 2020 they were replaced with Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements (ERMAs) for up to a further 18 months.

Summary of current re-franchising

London North Eastern Railway, successor to the Virgin Trains East Coast franchise whose termination was announced on 16 May 2018, commenced under DfT Operator of Last Resort Holdings Ltd on 24 June 2018. On 26 June 2020 it was given a second Direct Award, for three years and extendable by up to two years, to continue operations beyond its first expiry date on 28 June 2020.
Cross Country refranchising was halted 20 September 2018, pending rail review. February 2020 DfT confirms franchise extended to October 2020, with funding for longer trains starting May 2020; October 2020 contract extended to October 2023.
Great Western on 30 March 2020 First Group was granted a new Direct Award for three years, extendable to four.
South Eastern on 30 March 2020 Govia was granted a new Direct Award until 16 October 2021, extendable to 31 March 2022. On 28 September 2021 the extension option was foregone in favour of DfT's Operator of Last Resort Holdings Ltd from 17 October 2021.

December 2019

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8 December 2019. Sunday. Virgin Trains West Coast franchise ended; West Coast Rail: West Coast Partnership new First/Trenitalia franchise commenced, until December 2031 and extendable to December 2034.

February 2020

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~ Arriva CrossCountry Direct Award was due to end (extension by 4 additional reporting periods from October 2019, further 9 additional reporting periods extension available at Transport Secretary's discretion). Then refranchising was halted 20 September 2018, pending rail review. In February 2020 DfT confirmed franchise extended to October 2020, with funding for longer trains starting May 2020, then in October 2020 contract extended extended again to October 2023.

March

DfT OLR Holdings NORTHERN Railway
1 March 2020. Sunday. Northern Trains Ltd, subsidiary of DfT OLR Holdings Ltd, began operation of former Northern franchise.

April

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Great Western Railway Direct Award due to end (13 additional 'reporting periods' extension assumed). On 30 March 2020 First Group was granted a new Direct Award for 3 years, extendable to 4.
Southeastern
Southeastern Direct Award due to end. See Southeastern, and then on 30 March 2020 the DfT granted Govia a further Direct Award to continue operating Southeastern until 16 October 2021, potentially extendable to 31 March 2022, but on 28 September 2021 the extension option was foregone in favour of DfT's Operator of Last Resort Holdings Ltd from 17 October 2021.

May

Chiltern new franchise - notice would have been expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

June

LNER 2
28 June 2020. Sunday. Expiry of first Direct Award from 24 June 2018, start of second Direct Award for 3 years to June 2023 extendable by up to a further 2 years.

July

Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern new franchise - Invitation To Tender would have been expected to be issued to short-listed bidders.

October 2020

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~ CrossCountry franchise due to end.
~ Chiltern new franchise - Invitation To Tender would have been expected to be issued to short-listed bidders.

February 2021

2nd version
7 February 2021. Sunday. Transport for Wales Rail Ltd, a subsidiary of Transport for Wales, began operation of former Wales & Borders franchise by previous operator KeolisAmey Wales.

May

New Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern - new franchise operator/s would have been due to be announced.

June

TransPennine Express new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders would have been expected.

August

Chiltern new franchise - contract award would have been expected.

September

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~ Govia Thameslink Railway management contract due to end (eligible for up to 26 additional 'reporting periods' extension)
~ TransPennine Express new franchise - notice would have been expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

October

Southeastern
16 October 2021. New Southeastern Direct Award due to end, extendable to 31 March 2022. See new SE Direct Award. Instead, DfT's Operator of Last Resort Holdings Ltd takes over from 17 October 2021.

December 2021

Chiltern Railways new
31 December 2021. Chiltern Railways franchise due to end (eligible for up to 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension); Chiltern new 6-year National Rail Contract due to commence.

February 2022

TransPennine Express new franchise - Invitation To Tender would have been expected to be issued to short-listed bidders.

March

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ScotRail franchise now due to end. See Transport Scotland

April

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ScotRail franchise had been due to end (was eligible for up to three years extension)

October

South Western new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders would have been expected.

December 2022

New TransPennine Express franchise operator would have been due to be announced.

2023

Heathrow Express
Access rights for Heathrow Express to London Heathrow Airport Terminals 2/3 and 5 due to expire. 

January

South Western new franchise - Expressions of Interest would have been expected to be invited from bidders.

April

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TransPennine Express franchise due to end (eligible for up to 26 additional 'reporting periods' extension)

May

MTR Elizabeth line
Transport for London 8-year concession for MTR Elizabeth line (potential for 2-year extension) due to end/start of next concession expected.

June

LNER 2
~ London North Eastern Railway expiry of second Direct Award, extendable by up to a further 2 years.
~ South Western new franchise Invitation To Tender would have been expected.

October

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Arriva CrossCountry operating contract due to end.

December 2023

East Anglia new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders would have been expected.

March 2024

East Anglia new franchise - Expressions of Interest would have been expected to be invited from bidders.

April

South Western new franchise award would have been expected.

May

Arriva Rail London London Overground
Transport for London 7.5-year concession for London Overground (potential for 2-year extension) due to end/start of next concession expected.

August 2024


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~ First/MTR South Western franchise due to end (up to 11 additional reporting periods available at Secretary of State's discretion), new South Western franchise would have been due to commence.
~ East Anglia new franchise - Invitation To Tender would have been expected.

May 2025

MTR Elizabeth line
Latest possible end/start of Transport for London Elizabeth line operating concession.

June

LNER 2
~ London North Eastern Railway latest-possible expiry of second Direct Award.
~ New East Anglia franchise operator would have been due to be announced.

October 2025

Greater Anglia - new
Greater Anglia franchise due to end (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension at Secretary of State's discretion), new East Anglia franchise would have been due to commence.

April 2026

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1 April 2026. West Midlands Trains franchise due to end (subject to option for extension of up to 2 years.)

May 2026

London Overground
Latest possible end/start of Transport for London operating concession for London Overground.

August 2027

Abellio
21 August 2027. East Midlands Railway franchise due to end (subject to option for extension of up to 2 years).

December 2027

Chiltern Railways new
31 December 2027. Chiltern Railways National Rail Contract due to end.

2028

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Merseyrail concession due for renewal.

November 2029

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Essex Thameside franchise due to end (eligible for up to 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension at Secretary of State's discretion)

March 2030

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Caledonian Sleeper franchise due to end.

April 2031

First Group Trenitalia
First/Trenitalia West Coast Partnership due to end; extensions available up to April 2034. More info: First/Trenitalia WCP

October 2033

2nd version
Wales & Borders and new South Wales Metro franchise due to end.

April 2034

First Group Trenitalia
First/Trenitalia West Coast Partnership extensions due to end. More info: First/Trenitalia WCP

Network Rail Control Period 7 planning

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Rail infrastructure investment planning for 2024-29, Control Period 7.
Office of Rail & Road's 2023 Periodic Review (PR23) for Control Period 7 (CP7) 2024-29 starts on 17 June 2021 with consultation on Review of the Schedule 8 train performance regime (17 June - 10 September) and then on Review of Network Rail's access charges (15 July - 24 September).

Publications


2020

July

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2 July 2020. Thursday. National Rail Passenger Survey, Spring 2020 results published. More info: TF-NRPS

2021

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July

29 July 2021. Thursday. Train Operating Company Key Statistics 2020/21 published. More info: TOCs

August

19 August 2021. Thursday. Rail Emissions 2020/21 published. More info: ORR

September

30 September 2021. Thursday. Rail safety statistics 2020/21 published. More info: ORR

November

25 November 2020. Thursday. Estimates of station usage for 2020/21 published. More info: ORR

2022

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February

17 February 2022. Thursday. Regional rail usage 2020/21 published. More info: ORR.

March

3 March 2022. Thursday. Passenger rail performance Q3 2021/22 (October-December) published - PPM, CaSL, FDM. More info: ORR

10 March 2022. Thursday. Freight rail usage and performance Q3 2021/22 (October-December) published - freight moved, freight lifted, normalised freight delay. More info: ORR

17 March 2022. Thursday. Passenger rail usage Q3 2021/22 (October-December) published - Passenger train KM, Passenger KM, journeys, revenue. More info: ORR

April

14 April 2022. Thursday. Disabled Persons Railcard (DPRC) and assisted journeys data for 17 October 2021 - 8 January 2022 (periods 8-10) published. More info: ORR and ORR

May

26 May 2022. Thursday. Passenger rail performance Q4 2021/22 (January-March 2022) published - PPM, CaSL, FDM. More info: ORR

June

9 June 2022. Thursday. Freight rail usage and performance Q4 2021/22 (January-March 2022) published - freight moved, freight lifted, normalised freight delay. More info: ORR

16 June 2022. Thursday. Passenger rail usage Q4 2021/22 (January-March 2022) published - Passenger train KM, Passenger KM, journeys, revenue. More info: ORR

July

7 July 2022. Thursday. Disabled Persons Railcard (DPRC) and assisted journeys data for 9 January - 31 March 2022 (periods 11-13) published. More info: ORR and ORR

28 July 2021. Thursday. Train Operating Company Key Statistics 2021/22 published. More info: TOCs

August

25 August 2022. Thursday. Rail Emissions 2021/22 published. More info: ORR

Route improvement works

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Major improvement works in 2022, but why do it at weekends and over bank holidays?
Mind how you go, or you'll NOT enjoy your 'trip': watch THIS!
~ 6 January 2018 onwards - Great North Rail Project works. Enjoy the highlights; buy the book.
~ 21/22, 28/29 May - services suspended / amended between Manchester and Stalybridge for major works for Trans Pennine Route Upgrade.
~ 21/22 May, 11/12 June - services suspended / amended on West Anglia Main Line for major trackworks around Bishops Stortford. REMINDER-1, and REMINDER-2.
~ 21/22, 28/29 May - services suspended around Tonbridge and Sevenoaks for trackworks.
~ 21/22 May, 28/29 May, 11/12 June, 18/19 June, 25/26 June, 3, 10, 23/24 July - services suspended between Gospel Oak and Barking.
~ 2-5 June - almost entire national railway open for business, with NO London termini affected by improvement works, minimal maintenance or improvement activities elsewhere.
~ 11/12, 18/19, 25/26 June, 3, 10, 23/24 July - Services suspended between London Liverpool Street and Cheshunt / Enfield Town.
~ 20-23 June - services suspended between Birmingham Snow Hill and Solihull, via Birmingham Moor Street.
~ 25 June-4 July - services suspended between Fareham and Eastleigh.
~ 18 July-3 September - services suspended on Newport-Gloucester line for major upgrade works to improve resilience.
~ 23-31 July - services suspended between Brixton and Beckenham Junction for track-works through Penge Tunnel.
~ 13-16 August - services suspended between Barnes and Feltham for re-signalling work.

Various


2019


December


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31 December 2019. Tuesday. Final date for rail vehicles to comply with accessibility regulations. More info: ORR and DfT

2021


September


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20 September 2021. Monday. Start of extended services on Northern line to Battersea Power Station, via Kennington and Nine Elms. More info: NLE

November


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20 November 2021. Saturday. Start of regular Exeter-Okehampton services on The Dartmoor Line.

December


Greater Anglia new
12 December 2021. Sunday. Start of regular services for re-opened Soham station.

2022


May


Electoral Commission
5 May 2022. Thursday. UK local elections.

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15 May 2022. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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15 May 2022. Sunday. End of of 17-week closure of London Underground Northern line between Moorgate and Kennington for Bank station upgrade works.

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24 May 2022. Tuesday. Start of Elizabeth line services between Paddington Low Level and Abbey Wood.

December


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11 December 2022. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

London Overground
11 December 2022. Sunday. Services planned to start between Gospel Oak and Barking Riverside.

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11 December 2022. Sunday. Potential start of Elizabeth line services between Reading / Heathrow Airport and Abbey Wood / Shenfield.

2023


May


Electoral Commission
4 May 2023. Thursday. UK local elections.

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21 May 2023. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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21 May 2023. Sunday. Potential completion of full Elizabeth line services between Reading / Heathrow Airport and Abbey Wood / Shenfield.

December


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10 December 2023. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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10 December 2023. Sunday. Levenmouth line passenger services due to start.

2024


April


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1 April 2024. Control Period 7 (2024-29) starts.

May


Electoral Commission
2 May 2024. Thursday. UK local elections.

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19 May 2024. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

Northumberland County Council
19 May 2024. Sunday. Northumberland Line passenger services due to start.

December


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8 December 2024. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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8 December 2024. Sunday. East West Rail services due to start between Oxford and Bletchley.

2025


May


Electoral Commission
1 May 2025. Thursday. UK local elections.

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18 May 2025. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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14 December 2025. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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14 December 2025. Sunday. East West Rail services due to start between Oxford and Milton Keynes via Bletchley.

2026


May


Electoral Commission
7 May 2026. Thursday. UK local elections.

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17 May 2026. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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13 December 2026. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2027


May


Electoral Commission
6 May 2027. Thursday. UK local elections.

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16 May 2027. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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12 December 2027. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2028


May


Electoral Commission
4 May 2028. Thursday. UK local elections.

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21 May 2028. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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10 December 2028. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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10 December 2028. Sunday. East West Rail services due to start between Bedford and Oxford.

2029


April


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1 April 2029. Control Period 8 (2029-34) starts.

May


Electoral Commission
3 May 2029. Thursday. UK local elections.

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20 May 2029. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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9 December 2029. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

First Group Trenitalia
9 December 2029. Sunday. HS2 'preview' services start between Old Oak Common and
~ Birmingham Curzon Street via Birmingham Interchange (3tph)
~ Liverpool Lime Street via Crewe and Runcorn (1tph)
~ Manchester Piccadilly via Wilmslow and Stockport (1tph)
~ Glasgow Central via Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan North Western, Preston, and Carlisle (1tph).

2030


May


Electoral Commission
2 May 2030. Thursday. UK local elections.

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19 May 2030. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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8 December 2030. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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8 December 2030. Sunday. East West Rail services due to start between Cambridge and Oxford.

2031


May


Electoral Commission
1 May 2031. Thursday. UK local elections.

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18 May 2031. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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14 December 2031. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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14 December 2031. Sunday. HS2 services start between London Euston, Old Oak Common and
~ Birmingham Curzon Street via Birmingham Interchange (3tph)
~ Liverpool Lime Street via Crewe and Runcorn, and Lancaster via Crewe, Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan North Western, and Preston (1tph, dividing northbound/joining southbound at Crewe)
~ Liverpool Lime Street via Crewe and Runcorn (1tph)
~ Manchester Piccadilly via Stockport (3tph, of which 1tph also Wilmslow)
~ Glasgow Central via Preston and Carlisle (1tph)
~ Macclesfield via Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent (1tph).