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North London Railways

A first-generation franchise lasting 7 years and 6 months which inherited the routes of the North London Railways subsector of BR Network Southeast.

Franchise commitments included the replacement of slam-door diesel units on the Bletchley-Bedford and Gospel Oak-Barking routes.

The original brand was replaced by Silverlink in September 1997, with two subsidiary route brands of County for the main London to Birmingham services and related routes and Metro for the local lines in London.

The original termination date of 17 October 2004 was extended by the Strategic Rail Authority for two years to 17 October 2006 on 17 September 2004. The terms of the extended contract included new Class 350 trains for LondonNorthampton services.

The Department for Transport announced on 18 October 2005 that Silverlink County services would become part of the new West Midlands franchise, and that the Silverlink franchise would be extended to the autumn of 2007. On 14 February 2006 the DfT said that the Mayor of London was to take responsibility for Silverlink Metro services in November 2007.

start date
2 March 1997
end date
11 November 2007

owned by
National Express Group plc

legal title
North London Railways Ltd

service area
London EustonMilton Keynes CentralNorthamptonRugbyCoventryBirmingham New Street. London EustonHarrow & WealdstoneWatford Junction (local service). Watford JunctionSt Albans Abbey/Croxley Green. BletchleyBedford. Willesden JunctionClapham Junction. RichmondWillesden JunctionStratford (North Woolwich until December 2006). Gospel OakBarking.

North London Railways TOU

was replaced by
London Midland
London Overground


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