Policy paper: West Coast 2018 rail franchise agreement

Department For Transport

October 24
15:04 2019

West Coast direct award 2018: franchise agreement

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The direct award franchise agreement between the Secretary of State for Transport and Virgin Rail Group Limited and West Coast Trains Limited dated 5 February 2018.

The contract with Virgin Rail Group Limited and West Coast Trains Limited was announced by the Transport Minister on 5 February 2018. This agreement replaces the previous West Coast Direct Award 2014 franchise agreement.

These documents forms part of the public register of franchise agreements. Please email queries about franchise agreements to

Published 18 September 2018
Last updated 24 October 2019 +show all updates
  1. Schedule 5.2a amended in the franchise agreement and a new clause 5.2(c) added.
  2. Changes to the amount of effort required to get the product ready for accreditation plus the amount of effort required to complete the accreditation process.
  3. Derogation to schedule 6.2 part 1, paragraph 11.2 regarding replacement of existing ticketing systems and the effort required to make the product ready for accreditation.
  4. First published.

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