National Express loses rail franchise

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The Independent Online

National Express will have to give up another of its rail franchises after the former East Coast Main Line operator failed to make it on to the Department for Transport's shortlist for the Greater Anglia franchise. Instead, Stagecoach, Go-Ahead and Nederlandse Spoorwegen have been shortlisted for the franchise, which will run for 17 months from next February.

The DfT said this shorter franchise will allow time to consider reforms arising from the current McNulty review into the operation of the railways. National Express relinquished its East Coast Main Line franchise for financial reasons in 2009.