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The Department for Transport publishes a schedule of forthcoming franchise changes from time to time. Only the latest version is usually available on the DfT website but all issues are archived here, with the most recent first. There have been no further issues in the original timeline format since v8.

A replacement ‘schedule’ was published on 1 July 2019 (when v8 was removed from the DfT website), but this consisted only of two Invitations to Tender (for East Midlands and South Eastern) and the prospectus for Cross Country.

East Midlands has been awarded to Abellio (start date 18 August 2019) while South Eastern (Govia) has been extended to November 2019 and possibly April 2020. The competition for Cross Country has been suspended.


DfT franchise schedule [v8], 20 July 2017

DfT franchise schedule [v7], 6 December 2016

DfT franchise schedule [v6], 18 May 2016

DfT franchise schedule [v5], 20 November 2015

DfT franchise schedule [v4], 7 July 2015

DfT franchise schedule [v3], 10 October 2014

DfT franchise schedule [v2], 8 April 2014

DfT franchise schedule [v1], 26 March 2013


Related documents:

House of Commons briefing paper: Railway passenger franchises, 14 December 2015 (see note below)

DfT franchising OJEU prior information notice, 20 November 2015

DfT franchising OJEU prior information notice, 10 October 2014


Rail subsidy indicators:
(charts include data from 2009-10 onwards)

Rail subsidy indicator, 2015-2016 (xls file)

Rail subsidy indicator, 2014-2015 (xls file)

Rail subsidy indicator, 2013-2014 (xls file)

Rail subsidy indicator, 2012-2013 (xls file)


The House of Commons briefing paper shown in this list does NOT take into account the subsidies to franchised operators represented by direct grants to Network Rail.

For a more accurate account of which franchises yield a true profit for the government, see the DfT rail subsidy indicators (above). For more about Network Rail funding and how it affects the economics of franchises see Rail unveiled.



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