Thursday 28 January 2021

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The Department for Transport has decided to abandon the franchising system.

The future franchise on this page had been planned but is not now expected to be awarded.

Replacement contracts of a new type may be announced later on.

From 20 September 2020 until some time in 2022 Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements are in force, which guarantee an income to operators and remove commercial risk.


Deadline for new passport holders is February 2020. Expressions of interest due May 2020. ITT October 2020 and award expected August 2021. Start date may be delayed by up to 7 reporting periods (28 weeks).

start date
31 December 2021
end date

owned by
(bidders awaited)

service area
Commuter and regional services between London (Marylebone) and Aylesbury, Princes Risborough, Banbury, Oxford via Bicester Village, Birmingham (Moor Street and Snow Hill), Kidderminster, Stratford-upon-Avon

will replace
Chiltern Railways


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