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2003-03-14 SRA-001
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Four Pre-Qualify for Scottish Franchise

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Strategic Rail Authority

Four Pre-Qualify for Scottish Franchise

14 March 2003
source Strategic Rail Authority
type Press release

The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) today announced that four parties have
successfully pre-qualified as bidders for the new Scottish franchise, which will operate the majority of passenger rail services in Scotland from 2004.

The parties are:

Arriva Trains Ltd
FirstGroup plc
National Express Group PLC
Serco Rail/Netherlands Railways

In the next stage of the franchising process, the SRA and its partners will
invite the four parties to submit detailed bids. The SRA and partners expect to
announce a preferred bidder in January 2004.

Nick Newton, SRA Managing Director, Operations, said:
"These are four strong players with considerable rail experience. They had to
reach a high threshold to pre-qualify and demonstrated an understanding of
and commitment to Scotland's rail services. It's good news for Scottish

Notes to Editors
1. The incumbent franchisee is National Express Group Plc whose
ScotRail franchise is due to expire in April 2004. The new franchise will
be for seven years.
2. The SRA's partners in the franchising process are the Scottish
Executive and Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive

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