Virgin and Stagecoach join with SNCF on HS2 WCP franchise bid [RTM]

Date: 24/04/2017

Operators Virgin Trains and Stagecoach have today announced that they will launch a joint bid for the West Coast Partnership (WCP) HS2 franchise alongside state-owned French rail company SNCF.
The franchise will run from 2019 and will include the first few years of operation of HS2, meaning the chosen bidders will be responsible for designing the first high-speed services from 2026. As such, they must demonstrate experience of delivering both conventional and high-speed services.
The three companies have announced that they submitted an expression of interest to HS2 Ltd yesterday and are already working on their tender to run the huge project. The shareholding for the bid is split between 50% for Stagecoach, 30% for SNCF and 20% for Virgin.

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