Two companies to contest next South West Trains franchises


The Government has confirmed that two companies have been short-listed to compete for the next South West Trains franchise. The two companies are First South Western Trains Ltd and Stagecoach South West Ltd with the latter currently running the line.

Claire Perry, the Rail Minister, said in a statement:

“The South Western franchise has some of the busiest routes in the country, serving a diverse range of passengers and places. It is vital that we have the best partner to help us meet the challenge of delivering better journeys for all customers using these services.

We are investing in additional capacity, and have ambitious plans for smart ticketing, customer service and improved connectivity across the South Western network, to give passengers real benefits across the region and beyond”.