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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.

TransPennine Express

The start date is provisional, and may be extended by up to 26 railway reporting periods (two years). Deadline for new passport holders is June 2021. Expressions of interest due September 2021. ITT February 2022 and award expected December 2022.

start date
1 April 2023
end date

owned by
(bidders awaited)

service area
Windermere/Barrow/Liverpool-Manchester-Leeds-York/Scarborough-Newcastle-Sunderland; Manchester-Sheffield-Grimsby-Cleethorpes; Manchester Airport-Blackpool North; Manchester-Glasgow/Edinburgh; Liverpool-Glasgow.

will replace
First TransPennine Express


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