Consultation outcome

Future of Northern and TransPennine Express rail franchises

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Detail of outcome

This ‘Stakeholder briefing document’ for the Northern and TransPennine Express (TPE) rail franchise competitions summarises consultation responses received and features the government’s final response. The document provides a description of what has been included in the new invitations to tender (ITTs) for the Northern and TPE franchise competitions. It also sets out what this might mean for stakeholders when the new franchises begin in April 2016.

Original consultation


Seeks views on the rail franchises specifications to be provided for the TransPennine Express and Northern in February 2016.

This consultation ran from

Consultation description

Seeks views on the specification provided to bidders for the next TransPennine Express (TPE) and Northern rail franchises due in February 2016. The consultation is to:

  • inform you of the planned process and timescales for awarding the TPE and Northern franchises
  • provide background information about the current services and the context of the new franchises
  • guide stakeholders and potential funders of the objectives and expectations for the franchises
  • discuss the requirements included in the Rail Executive’s base case specifications and the options considered
  • invite potential funders to notify Rail Executive of any changes

Consultation events

Department for Transport is running a number of events to help you find out more about this consultation.


A consultation event takes place at the Midlothian Room, City of Edinburgh Council on 25 June 2014 at 10.30am.


A consultation event takes place at the Committee Room A, County Hall, Lancashire County Council, Preston on 3 July 2014 at 10.30am.


A consultation event takes place at the George Hudson Room, West Offices, City of York Council on 9 July 2014 at 10.30am.

Drop-in events

Drop-in events are being held at the:

  • Manchester Piccadilly railway station on 3 July 2014
  • Leeds railway station on 9 July 2014
  • Newcastle Central railway station on 31 July 2014

between 4pm and 6pm.


TransPennine Express rail franchise and Northern rail franchise: stakeholder consultation

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Published 9 June 2014
Last updated 27 February 2015 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Stakeholder briefing document and consultation response'.

  2. First published.