Published on : Thursday, November 12, 2020
One of the rail operating companies, CrossCountry has signed a new contract confirming that they will continue to operate passenger rail services in UK for three additional years. The contract became effective on October 18 and will run until October 2023.
Part of the Arriva group, CrossCountry operates intercity and long-distance trains calling at more than 100 stations in the country. CrossCountry’s network stretches from Aberdeen to Penzance and from Stansted Airport to Cardiff, this is one of the most geographically extensive passenger rail franchise in the UK.
UK Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris however stated that the particular agreement confirms that this vital train services will continue across the UK’s most extensive rail network, as the country continues to fight and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The deal is a symbol of commitment towards people of UK and it also confirms the end of the complicated franchise system. The agreement on services however assures seamless passenger services, and a vision to create a new kind of railway.
CrossCountry welcomed the extension and noted that the new contract includes several benefits to improve passenger experience. Also, the UK scrapped the rail franchising model last month as part of its efforts to reform the country’s railway system.