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Avanti West Coast NRC

National Rail Contract

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start date
15 October 2023
end date
October 2032 (max.)

owned by

legal title
First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Limited


A new National Rail Contract was awarded to FirstGroup (70%) and Trenitalia on 19 September 2023, to start on 15 October 2023.

This replaced the previous short term contract which had been awarded in March 2023 after Avanti West Coast had been affected by performance problems and high cancellation figures. It was the second short-term contract to be allowed while Avanti recovered.

The present contract will run for at least three years until 18 October 2026 and possibly up to nine, although the transport secretary will be able to end the contract at any time during the six-year extension period by giving three months’ notice.

On 20 March 2024 the Board of Transport for the North called for the contract to be terminated.

service area
Long distance services: London Euston-Rugby-(Trent Valley)/Coventry/Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton/Stoke-on-Trent-Crewe-Chester-Wrexham Manchester Piccadilly/Liverpool Lime Street/Holyhead/Glasgow Central/Edinburgh. London Euston-Blackpool North, London Euston-Shrewsbury (until 1 June 2024).
Projected High Speed services (HS2): (London Euston)-Old Oak Common-Birmingham International-Birmingham Curzon Street

2023-09-19 > New contracts for Avanti West Coast and CrossCountry
2023-03-20 > Avanti West Coast wins last minute contract extension
2019-12-09 > New Avanti franchise launches on West Coast

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