Passenger Voice July 2016: You and your train company
29 June 2016
West Coast consultation still open – have your say!
The Department for Transport (DfT) consultation into the future of rail services on the West Coast is open until 2 August. This is a great opportunity for you to contribute your views.
Transport Focus has been presenting highlights of our passenger research at a series of consultation events across the network. If you are interested in responding to the consultation or attending one of the DfT’s public events then click here for more information.
We will be writing a response to this consultation, highlighting the key issues and priorities for passengers. You can read the summary of our research exploring the views of passengers on the West Coast and recommendations for future services here.
Click here to read more about the West Coast franchise.
Wales and Borders
Transport Focus recently attended a Transport for Wales event for the rail industry to present our research about passengers’ current experiences and aspirations for the future.
We will be continuing to engage with Transport for Wales and the Welsh Government as the franchise process develops.
FirstGroup, one of the two South Western shortlisted bidders, has announced that it is forming a partnership with MTR, who currently operate the London Overground in partnership with Arriva. The other bidder is the current operator, Stagecoach.
The invitation to tender for the franchise can be found here.
Updated timetable for rail franchises
The DfT recently set out all the key dates for the franchise replacement process over the next few years. The rail franchise schedule can be found here.