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.
Next South Western franchise. Passport deadline October 2022, expressions of interest January 2023, ITT June 2023. Contract award December 2023 and start of franchise April 2024.
Start could be postponed by up to 26 reporting periods [two years].
Commuter, outer suburban and regional services from London Waterloo to Portsmouth, Weymouth, Southampton, Exeter. Outer London local services and (provisionally) Ryde-Shanklin (I.O.W.)
South Western Railway