Wednesday 21 October 2020
This franchise. originally branded LTS, was to have been one of the first three to start, in February 1996. However, the discovery of ticketing irregularities was followed by suspension of the process while the Rail Regulator investigated. The contract was withdrawn and new bids invited from the remaining contenders. The winner Prism Rail was acquired by National Express in 2000. LTS became c2c in 2002, by which time the slam-door fleet had been replaced by Class 357 units. The original franchise was extended two years in 2011 and was further extended in May 2013. It was replaced by a new contract announced in July 2014, starting in November.
26 May 1996
8 November 2014
National Express Group plc
c2c Rail Ltd
Commuter and outer suburban services. London Fenchurch Street (limited service from Liverpool Street)-Tilbury/Basildon-Southend Central-Shoeburyness. Upminster-Grays.
LTS Rail TOU (British Railways Board)
was replaced by