FOLLOWING an international tender, the Bavarian Railway Authority (BEG) has selected National Express Rail, the German subsidiary of British rail and long-distance bus operator National Express, as preferred bidder for two 12-year contracts to operate the Nuremberg S-Bahn network.
New operators and new rolling stock have brought a splash of colour to Germany's liberalised regional passenger market. They have also arguably greatly improved the level of service on offer. Kevin Smith gauges the views of some of the leading public transport authorities and private concessionaires on the current condition of the market and how they see it developing.
SCOTTISH transport minister Mr Keith Brown confirmed on November 1 that five companies have been shortlisted to run the new ScotRail franchise, which will commence in 2015, while three are bidding to operate the Caledonian Sleeper service.
BRITAIN's Department for Transport (DfT) has issued an invitation for operators to qualify to bid for the InterCity East Coast franchise, which will be let for eight or nine years with a possible two-year extension at the DfT's discretion.
KEOLIS has formed a joint venture with Eurostar International to bid for the Inter-City East Coast passenger rail franchise which covers the main linking London with Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh. Keolis will be the lead partner.
BRITAIN's Department for Transport (DfT) has invited bids for the first two passenger rail franchises since the cancellation of the West Coast franchise in October 2012 following the discovery of flaws in the DfT's bid evaluation process.