1. This note describes the context and purpose of the interim agreement between SRA and Virgin Rail Group, which was announced on the Stock Exchange on Monday, July 22, 2002. The DfT required that the new operator have experience in high-speed trains and infrastructure, so that all bidders have a partnership with an Asian or European high-speed operator.   In June 2017, the DfT announced that three consortiums had been shortlisted for the franchise: As noted above, the ERMAs asked the rail operators and DfT to agree on the need for a payment to terminate existing franchise agreements and, if so, how many, on the basis of a pre-corvirus financial model. 8. On this basis, the SRA decided to maintain the vrg activities in the short term, while long-term solutions were found. The interim agreement covers the period up to the end of March 2003 and provides for additional deductible payments of up to US$106 million. It provides stability while SRA works with The Virgin Rail Group to determine and secure the best future for passenger service and delivery on the WCML and Cross Country lines. If necessary, franchises are expected to be executed beyond March 2003 under a management agreement, until new franchise terms are agreed upon.
2. The agreement announced today with Connexand provides for an additional deductible payment of $58 million to stabilize the loss-making franchise in 2003 and to negotiate the implementation of a modified agreement on the operation of services in Connex by the end of 2006. Their franchise would then be at the end of their contract and replaced by an All-Kent franchise to include high-speed domestic flights on the Channel Tunnel rail link to St Pancras, for which we want to launch a competition in 2004. As stated in the reply – Please can you make a link to the edited copy of the west coast franchise agreement between First Trenitalia and DfT. FirstGroup plc has reached an agreement with the Department of Transport on the next steps for the South Western Railway and West Coast Partnership train operator, the latter of which includes Avanti West Coast and the phantom operator for HS2 (together Avanti). A copy of the West Coast Partnership franchise agreement between “First-Trenitalia” and “Department for Transport,” with information and names to be published if needed. Matthew Gregory, Managing Director of FirstGroup, said: “We welcome this agreement, which is an evolution of the contractual framework for our suburban and Avanti cable operators, both in the provision of resilient services throughout the coronavirus pandemic and in a long-term sustainable approach. These new directly awarded management contracts will focus on passenger and operations performance, with a more appropriate balance between risk and reward. We look forward to working constructively with DfT to achieve this and to use our expertise and understanding of our customers` needs to achieve improvements that we know passengers want.
– The DfT already has several months since the signing of the franchise in August to consult and publish all the necessary information. “We have acted flexibly to ensure continuity of service while ensuring social dispersation, as well as improved cleaning protocols and innovative technologies to enhance the customer experience. Passengers and staff can count on the safety of our trains. Today, we operate about 90% of the rail services we had before the pandemic. We will share all our experience with government and industry partners to complete the next phase of the rail network`s recovery. 3. The Virgin Cross Country franchise has also been partially dependent on puG2 outlets for these routes from Coventry to Birmingham and the north-west. Can you get a copy of the Avanti West Coast franchise agreement? I can`t find it bound here (or anywhere on gov.uk): – The franchise has already begun.