This suite of documents forms the invitation to tender (ITT) for the Northern franchise that will begin in April 2016. ITTs set out what rail services the government requires bidders to provide when running franchises. Bidders will respond to these documents with their propositions. The Department for Transport will then evaluate the propositions before awarding the franchise to the winning bidder in late 2015.
A stakeholder briefing document has also been published, alongside ITT documents for the TransPennine Express franchise.