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Offline The Real 4778

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Re: The next West Midlands franchise
« Reply #75 on: July 05, 2017, 05:56:35 PM »
The last I heard was for an announcement in July.  The current rumours are that the new franchise should start on 15 October but there have been rumours of a postponement until December 11 (the start of the winter timetable).

The next franchisee - if it is a new operator - is given a three month mobilisation period.  Whether or not that implies something is anybody's guess!
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Re: The next West Midlands franchise
« Reply #76 on: July 17, 2017, 06:05:53 PM »
As @Winston said in the London Midland thread, they have been given an 8 week extension, with an option of an extra 8 weeks extension available.

https://www.go-ahead.com/en/media/news/2017/london-midland-franchise-extension.html

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Re: The next West Midlands franchise
« Reply #77 on: July 20, 2017, 10:29:52 AM »
The DfT have published a schedule of rail franchise dates today.  It shows an announcement in August for a start date of 10 December BUT with the new franchise possibly delayed for one or two accounting periods at the Secretary of State's discretion.
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/630238/rail-franchise-schedule.pdf

However, the current LM direct award allows for an potential extension from October 2017 up to November 2018, so we'll see how long Grayling can delay things.