Tren­i­talia pulls out of the run­ning for next South East­ern fran­chise

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Ital­ian state-owned rail op­er­a­tor Tren­i­talia has with­drawn from the South East­ern fran­chise com­pe­ti­tion, cit­ing con­cerns about the West Coast Part­ner­ship (WCP) process that is tak­ing place at the same time.

In­vi­ta­tions to Ten­der (ITTs) for the South East­ern fran­chise are due to be is­sued in Septem­ber, with the fran­chise awarded in Au­gust 2018. The ITT for WCP will be is­sued in Novem­ber, with the award tak­ing place a year later.

Tren­i­talia re­cently ac­quired c2c from Na­tional Ex­press, and re­mains short­listed for both the West Coast Part­ner­ship and East Mid­lands fran­chises.

In a state­ment, Tren­i­talia said there would be “sig­nif­i­cant over­lap be­tween the South East­ern bid and the WCP fran­chise com­pe­ti­tion, which Tren­i­talia has con­sid­ered its pri­mary tar­get since the start of this ven­ture into the UK”.

The re­main­ing short­listed bid­ders for the South East­ern fran­chise are:

A joint ven­ture of Abel­lio, East Ja­pan Rail­way and Mit­sui.

A joint ven­ture be­tween Go-Ahead and Ke­o­lis.

Stage­coach Group.

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