In December 2018, MTR announced that Spain`s largest rail operator, Renfe Operadora, had joined its joint offer as a key supplier.  In April 2019, stagecoach Group was disqualified for making a non-compliant offer.  In March of this year, the contracts were not concluded as traditional railways, when all franchisees in England were offered the first phase of emergency agreements that led the Department of Transport to take a commercial risk. These EMOs were replaced by these ERMAs in September, when performance requirements were strengthened and the fee payable to operators was reduced by 25%. As announced on September 20, these two companies are currently completed as part of emergency measures put in place by the DfT to ensure the continuity of rail passengers and industry during the coronavirus pandemic. The total commitment to the swr performance bonds and the support of the parent company have already been recorded in the accounts. Existing franchise agreements therefore end at the end of the ERMA for cables and forwards. The termination agreement significantly reduces overall financial risk within the First Rail franchise portfolio. “We welcome this agreement, which is an evolution of the contractual framework of our Avanti cable and train operators, both in the provision of resistant services throughout the coronavirus pandemic and in a long-term sustainable approach,” said Matthew Gregory, Chief Executive Officer of First. In November 2016, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced that the InterCity West Coast franchise will be replaced by the West Coast Partnership, which will offer express services on both the West Coast Main Line (WCML) and High Speed 2 (HS2). In general, I agree that suburban operations are in a different situation. public accountability for remoteness and the need for a different constitution as part of a form of local democracy in the public sector.
I hope, however, that remote/long-distance services will be able to reap the expected benefits of privatization, with real freedom of innovation, adaptation, competition and investment. Treating all passenger trains the same is “falling between the stools.” We need a national government that refrains from any “command and control desire” and that allows services to be managed much more directly and closer to passengers and other stakeholders. Matthew Gregory, Managing Director of FirstGroup, said: “We welcome this agreement, which is an evolution of the contractual framework for our suburban and Avanti cable operators, both in the provision of resilient services throughout the coronavirus pandemic and in a long-term sustainable approach. These new directly awarded management contracts will focus on passenger and operations performance, with a more appropriate balance between risk and reward.