Bidders for the South Eastern franchise were announced by the Government today (June 22).
A public consultation seeking views and priorities for the new franchise ends on June 30, with the new deal due to start in December 2018.
The bidders are:
- South Eastern Railways Ltd - currently a wholly owned subsidiary of Abellio Transport Group Ltd. If this wins, the franchise would become a subsidiary of South Eastern Holdings Ltd, which is a joint venture between Abellio and the consortium of East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui & Co Ltd.
- London and South Eastern Passenger Rail Services Ltd - a wholly owned subsidiary of Govia Ltd.
- Stagecoach South Eastern Trains Ltd - a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stagecoach Group plc.
- Trenitialia UK Ltd.