The West Coast Partnership franchise has been operated by Avanti West Coast since December 2019. The franchise includes long-distance transportation services on the West Coast Main Line and is intended to include future HS2 services. It replaced the former InterCity West Coast franchise, which has been operated by Virgin Trains since 1997. Avanti West Coast is 70% owned by FirstGroup and 30% by Trenitalia, the national rail operator in Italy. FirstGroup also operates the Great Western Railway and TransPennine Express franchises and the South Western Railway franchise in a joint venture with MTR Corporation. Trenitalia also operates the c2c franchise on its own. These rail franchise agreements are published in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Franchise agreements are published by the Secretary of State in accordance with the exceptions authorized by the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Franchise agreements published on GOV.UK may not be the most up-to-date documents held by the department. In August 2019, the DfT awarded the franchise to the First Trenitalia consortium with Avanti West Coast to enter service on December 8, 2019.   The Competition Authority has opened an investigation into the merger with a view to awarding the franchise following a referral by the European Commission.   There is nothing to prevent you from publishing the contract at the same time as the answer to my question: “The publication of the Avanti West Coast franchise agreement for the first time on the ministry`s website will allow everyone to see it at the same time and offer a clear and consistent approach.” This franchise has a unique interface with HS2 and understands how the team interface allows us to understand how complex organizations can collaborate on future projects.
Franchise agreements in rail transport will be suspended to prevent rail companies from collapsing due to coronavirus, the Ministry of Transport (DfT) said. Can you get a copy of the Avanti West Coast franchise agreement? I can find it bound here (or nowhere else on gov.uk): this agreement replaces the previous West Coast Rail Direct Award 2018 franchise contract, which expired on December 8, 2019.