Northern franchise costs revealed

Northern 150272 at Preston on July 20. RICHARD CLINNICK.

The cost to Government of the recently completed Northern rail franchise procurement process, to the end of November 2015, was £8.0 million.

The additional cost through to completion, including project mobilisation, is expected to be £0.6m. These figures include adviser costs, project team salaries and such items as training, travel, publicity and VAT.

The figures were given by Transport Minister Andrew Jones in a Commons Written Answer to Jonathan Reynolds (Labour, Stalybridge and Hyde) on December 16,

However, these costs “need to be set against the context of a deal whereby the amount of annual subsidy will be reduced by £140m by the end of this nine-year contract. In addition, this new franchise will deliver more than 2,000 extra services each week, nearly a 40% increase in capacity and the complete removal of the outdated and unpopular Pacers by the end of 2019”. 

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 23/12/2015 23:55

    Its going to cost a little less when the Class 230's comes into service.

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    • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 24/12/2015 00:22

      Plus more Class 319's could be used on the Manchester-Bolton line once the electrification is completed. Manchester Victoria-Gosslop & Hatfield line and the newly electrified Manchester to Leeds & York service with future services to Hull, Bradford Interchange, Harrogate, Blackburn, Warrington, Wigan, Burnley, Rochdale, Sheffield and Newcastle as the Class 319's are to be cascaded from Thameslink once the Class 700's are in service that the Class 700's will serve London and the Southeast.

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  • BigTone - 24/12/2015 08:22

    There wil be more electrics needed in the Manchester area as the Class 323s join their sisters in Birmingham. As part of the new franchise commitment, the Class 333's will be replaced by 3 car units allowing (subject to platform extension at some stations) 6 coach trains to run

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