Train operators vie for Brockley services

The Times is among the papers reporting that:

"National Express, Stagecoach, Govia and Ned Railways will fight for the new South Central franchise.

"The eventual winner will have to increase capacity by around 10 per cent overall. They will also help facilitate the East London Line Extension from 2010 and the £5.5 billion Thameslink Programme.

"Other improvements that the DfT wants to see delivered from the new franchise include smartcards — like the capital's Oyster card — rolled out throughout the franchise area. It also wants to see improvements to stations to make them safer, later running services, improved reliability and better environmental performance.

"The successful bidder is expected to be announced in early summer 2009 and the franchise will operate from September 2009 until July 2015."

17 comments:

The Cat Man said...

Does that mean the ELL is ahead of schedule? I thought it was due to open in June 2010? Or is this to replace the existing service line to Brockley?

Anonymous said...

Ned Railways?

Trains for Glaswegian chavs?

Headhunter said...

LOL! I hope Ned Trains gets it, for the pure irony. Perhaps they would replace that Matchbox coffee stand with a fried chicken stand for all those neds who desperately need a chicken fix... Or perhaps a deep fried Mars Bar stall would be more apt.

barryls said...

Please God not National Express.

jon s said...

Let's hope that the scope of the tender ensure the TOC (Train Operating Company) is paid revenue directly by Network Rail, not through control of ticketing. I'll bet it doesn't unless the twonks at Notwork Rail (Railtrack renamed) have been replaced since I was there a few yers ago.

Oh, this takes me back in time.....

Jackie said...

Anonymous got there first - I'm a former Brockley resident, now living in Glasgow, and I laughed when I saw "Ned Railways". Presumably all their drivers and guards wear white shellsuits.

Tressilliana said...

National Express are now running what was GNER. From my one contact with their service so far (Kings X to Leeds and back) nothing much seems to have changed. What's your objection, barryls? Do they have bad reputation elsewhere?

My main objection is that every time I see National Express I find the Divine Comedy song going through my mind.

Anonymous said...

I love that there are Brockley ex-pats reading this site!

Anonymous said...

"brockley ex-pats"

Well funny!

lb said...

With any luck, they'll have to literally "fight for the franchise", preferably in a hastily-erected thunderdome in the middle of Hilly Fields.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how Catman feels about immigrants from Brockley

patrick1971 said...

Surely an "immigrant from Brockley" is actually an emigrant?

Mr F said...

So how are things going with the new Oyster gates at Brockley? At the crack of dawn there seems no problem but I always get the ELL replacement bus home so no idea what it's like evenings...

Monkeyboy said...

I usually miss the peak times so no probs. But I can see only two gates being an issue? When the ELL starts I'm sure they have a new ticket office/gateline planned?

The Cat Man said...

Well, we might even have a brand new station according to one of nick's recent articles!

Anonymous said...

Regards Jon S 14.10, the TOC won't be paid revenue by Network Rail as the latter's function is purely to maintain and renew the infrastructure - it has no direct involvement in the running of train services. I can't imagine anyone is going to sign up to a franchise where they don't retain control of their ticketing.

barryls said...

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article.html?in_article_id=195651&in_page_id=34

Frustated C2C commuters in Essex set up their own blog to document appalling service by National Express owned train operator.

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