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Improvements to passenger and freight services could be implemented more swiftly across the UK's train network under a series of new agreements

Network Rail has reported that users will benefit from the "discrete individual alliance framework agreements" with a total of six operators to date.

The pacts are designed to enhance accountability across the ten geographic operating regions, with deals in place or being made with Northern, Southeastern, c2c, ScotRail and Abellio Greater Anglia.

In addition, a new kind of 'deep' alliance is being formed between Network Rail, other agencies and South West Trains for the Wessex route, which may involve the formation of a single joint management team to oversee trains and track on the line.

"Working more closely with the train operators will deliver a better service for passengers and freight users and at lower overall cost to the taxpayer,
" stated Network Rail chief executive David Higgins.

In related news, an extra 28,000 seats per day are due to be delivered under a new flexible franchise contract for the West Coast Main Line, which serves London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, with an invitation to tender now open for the route.


Written by Scott Buckler
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 10:10

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