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.
East Coast Partnership
A new contract provisionally known as the East Coast Partnership is now expected to begin in 2020.
Previous data: Deadline for new passport holders had been May 2021. Expressions of interest due August 2021. ITT January 2022 and award November 2022. The start date was provisional, and could have been extended by up to 13 railway reporting periods (one year).
London Kings Cross-Hull/Middlesbrough/Leeds/Skipton, also Bradford/Huddersfield/Harrogate, Lincoln/York-Edinburgh-Glasgow/Inverness/Aberdeen. London-Sunderland.