We are one of the UK’s biggest and most experienced operators and our services carry nearly one in five people using the country's passenger rail network.
The UK rail market is split into a number of separate franchises, which are awarded by the Government for set time periods. Train operators bid to operate the franchises on the basis of specifications set by the Department for Transport (DfT). Each franchise has a Managing Director.
Stagecoach Group’s UK Rail division includes the following franchises:
- South Western: this incorporates the South West Trains and Island Line networks. The franchise is one of the biggest in the UK. It runs nearly 1,700 trains a day in south-west England out of London Waterloo railway station. Island Line, on the Isle of Wight, has been designated a Community Rail Partnership. The current South Western rail franchise is due to end in February 2017, however the Department for Transport’s rail franchise schedule envisages an extension option to June 2017. Brand: South West Trains. Managing Director: Christian Roth.
- East Midlands: we run fast, frequent services between London St Pancras International and key destinations throughout the East Midlands, including Leicester, Derby, Sheffield, Nottingham, Manchester and Liverpool. Following a Direct Award agreed with the Department for Transport, the franchise will now run until at least March 2018. Brand: East Midlands Trains. Managing Director: Jake Kelly.
- East Coast: the franchise, operated by Stagecoach and Virgin, is one of the two mainline routes between London and Scotland, providing fast, frequent services connecting London with Yorkshire, the North East of England and Scotland. Key destinations include Peterborough, Doncaster, Leeds, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness. The franchise runs for eight years until the end of March 2023, with the option for a one-year extension at the DfT’s discretion. Brand: Virgin Trains East Coast Managing Director: David Horne.
Information on Virgin Trains can be found under Joint Ventures.
Stagecoach also operates a major tram network in Sheffield.
- Sheffield Supertram: a 28km light rail network incorporating three routes. It is operated on a 27-year concession running until 2024. General Manager: Margaret Kay.
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