Progress on northern strategic rail issues: Sept 2014

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority report sets out progress on:

–  the establishment of Rail North, including an Association of Rail North Partner Authorities and Rail North Limited (a Special Purpose Vehicle).   Transport for Greater Manchester are formally establishing Rail North Limited as a company, with each of the 11 sub-areas entitled to appoint a lead member as a director of the company. West Yorkshire and York is a sub-area.

– the proposed Partnership with DfT to jointly manage the new franchises, also covering planning and investment functions.  In the first phase, most risk would remain with the DfT and the manner in which further risk sharing is taken on would be the subject of agreement by Rail North Ltd members at the appropriate time.

– the three bidders shortlisted for each of the two franchises:
Northern: o Abellio Northern Ltd o Arriva Rail North Limited o Govia Northern Limited
TransPennine Express: o First Trans Pennine Express Limited o Keolis Go-Ahead Limited o Stagecoach Trans Pennine Express Trains Limited.