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Rail travel / Operator update

[ The operators: who does what ]

C2C

Owned by: Trenitalia, part of the state-owned

Italian rail operator

Franchise period: 2014-29

Main routes: London Fenchurch Street to

stations in Essex

CALEDONIAN SLEEPER

Owned by: Serco

Franchise period: 2015-30

Main routes: London Euston to Scottish cities

CHILTERN TRAINS

Owned by: Arriva UK Trains, part of stateowned

German operator DB

Franchise period: 2002-21

Main routes: London Marylebone to

Aylesbury, Oxford and Birmingham

CrossCountry

Owned by: Arriva UK Trains

Franchise period: 2007-19. Renewal

postponed due to Williams Review

Main routes: Birmingham to the South West,

Cardiff, Nottingham, Stansted, Manchester,

Leeds, the North East and Scotland

East Midlands Trains

Owned by: Stagecoach

Franchise period: 2007-19

Main routes: London St Pancras to Leicester,

Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield; Norwich

to Liverpool

Govia Thameslink Railway

Owned by: A partnership between Keolis

(majority owned by French state-owned

operator SNCF) and Go-Ahead Group

Franchise period: 2015-21

Main routes: London to Bedford,

Peterborough and King’s Lynn; and London

to Brighton and south coast (including

Southern services). Includes Gatwick Express

Grand Central

Owned by: Arriva UK Trains. Non-franchised

open access operator

Main routes: London King’s Cross to

Bradford, York and Sunderland

GREATER ANGLIA

Owned by: A partnership between Abellio

(part of Dutch train operator NS) and

Japanese rail interests

Franchise period: 2016-25

Main routes: London-Norwich; Stansted

Express; regional services across East Anglia

Great Western Railway

Owned by: FirstGroup

Franchise period: 2006-20

Main routes: London Paddington to the

West Country, South Wales and Cotswolds;

regional services in the South West and

Thames Valley

Heathrow Express

Owned by: Heathrow Airport, but operated

by Great Western. Non-franchised open

access operator

Main route: London Paddington to

Heathrow

HULL TRAINS

Owned by: FirstGroup

Non-franchised open access operator.

Main route: London King’s Cross to Hull

LONDON NORTH EASTERN RAILWAY

Owned by: Department for Transport

Operating period: 2018-20, when new

franchise is due to start

Main routes: London King’s Cross to

Peterborough, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh,

Aberdeen and Inverness

London Northwestern Railway

London Northwestern Railway/West

/ WeST MIDLANDS RAILWAY

Owned by: West Midlands Trains, a

partnership between Abellio and Japanese

rail interests

Franchise period: 2017-26

Main routes: London to Birmingham and

Crewe; Birmingham to Liverpool; local

services in West Midlands

London Overground

Owned by: Arriva UK Trains, operating on

behalf of Transport for London

Franchise period: 2016-24

Main routes: Local services around London

Merseyrail

Owned by: A partnership between Abellio

and Serco

Franchise period: 2003-28

Main routes: Local services around

Merseyside

Northern

Owned by: Arriva UK Trains

Franchise period: 2016-25

Main routes: Local and regional services

throughout the North

ScotRail

Owned by: Abellio, operating on behalf of the

Scottish government

Franchise period: 2015-25

Main routes: Most services within Scotland

Southeastern

Owned by: A partnership between Keolis and

Go-Ahead Group

Franchise period: 2006-19

Main routes: London to Kent, including highspeed

services from St Pancras; local services

around south London.

Southern

Owned by: see Govia Thameslink Railway

South Western Railway

Owned by: A partnership between FirstGroup

and Hong Kong rail operator MTR

Franchise period: 2017-24

Main routes: London to the south coast –

including Portsmouth, Southampton and

Weymouth – and Exeter; local services

around south London

TfL Rail

Owned by: Transport for London

Franchise period: 2015-23

Main routes: East London services. Will

also operate Crossrail (Elizabeth Line) when

it opens

TransPennine Express

Owned by: FirstGroup

Franchise period: 2016-23

Main routes: Liverpool and Manchester

Airport to Yorkshire and the North East;

Manchester Airport to Glasgow and

Edinburgh; Manchester to Hull and

Cleethorpes

TransPORT FOR WALES RAIL

Owned by: A partnership between Keolis

and Amey, operating on behalf of Transport

for Wales

Franchise period: 2018-33

Main routes: Most services within Wales, and

to Birmingham and Manchester

VIRGIN TRAINS

Owned by: A partnership between Virgin

Group and Stagecoach

Franchise period: 1997-2020

Main routes: London to the West Midlands,

North West, North Wales and Scotland;

Birmingham to Scotland

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