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British public transport provider Go-Ahead Group is to become the first private train operator to run services in Norway. The company, which operates the GTR and Southeastern franchises in the UK in partnership with Keolis, has been awarded the Oslo South package by Norway’s rail authority. Go-Ahead Nordic will run a variety of long-distance and suburban services in Sørlandsbanen, Arendalsbanen...

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The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, has described today as an important moment for devolution, welcoming KeolisAmey as the new operator of rail services for Wales and Borders. KeolisAmey took over in the early hours of yesterday morning (October 14) from Arriva Trains Wales, which has held the franchise since 2003. The new franchise will run for 15 years and includes a £5 billion...

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UK transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced a sweeping root and branch review of the country’s rail industry. Described by the Department for Transport (DfT) as the most significant since privatisation, the assessment will consider making ambitious reforms to strengthen franchises and improve reliability. Although private investment is at record levels and the network has one of the...

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The new Cross Country franchise will no longer be awarded in 2019 as planned following the launch of a major review into Britain’s rail system. The Department for Transport (DfT) said it was concerned that awarding the franchise “could impact on the review’s conclusions”. On September 20, Transport Secretary said he had commissioned a “sweeping review” of...

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The chief executive of Keolis’ international business believes managing passenger expectations will be the greatest challenge facing KeolisAmey when it takes over the new Wales and Borders franchise on October 14. Just under £2 billion will be invested in improving passengers’ travel experience, including an £800 million investment in trains, over the course of the next 15-year franchise...

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Naivety, over-optimism and mismanagement all contributed to the failure of Virgin Trains East Coast’s (VTEC) Intercity East Coast franchise. That is according to the UK’s Transport Committee, which has published a new report into what went wrong. VTEC – a joint venture between Stagecoach and Virgin – “simply ran out of money” because revenue projections...

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KeolisAmey has struck up deals with rolling stock manufacturers CAF and Vivarail to supply new trains for the Wales and Borders franchise. The news follows the announcement last week that KeolisAmey will work with Transport for Wales to operate and develop the next 15-year Wales and Border franchise, as well as the proposed South Wales Metro, from October 14, 2018. Spanish train maker CAF said...

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