CrossCountry

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(04 May 2020, 2:49 pm)Michael Wrote: The Crosscountry contract is due to run out on the 18th October 2020, any news on an extension or a take over of the franchise?

I'd imagine with the current goings on the franchise may be extended once again.
That's true, was just wondering incase it was released before the Coronavirus crisis.
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(04 May 2020, 2:58 pm)Michael Wrote: That's true, was just wondering incase it was released before the Coronavirus crisis.

I imagine any work which has gone on behind the scenes to prepare bids, will be totally irrelevant now. 
Bids will have been submitted, based on growth, loadings and data which could be way off due to the whole Covid19 thing. 

Saying that, I imagine that would be the case for most tenders won over the last 18 months or so. Regardless of the sector.
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(04 May 2020, 3:18 pm)Andreos1 Wrote: I imagine any work which has gone on behind the scenes to prepare bids, will be totally irrelevant now. 
Bids will have been submitted, based on growth, loadings and data which could be way off due to the whole Covid19 thing. 

Saying that, I imagine that would be the case for most tenders won over the last 18 months or so. Regardless of the sector.

Ye, seems a waste now.

It might take them up to a year or more to get back to normal, so ye, i think all the operators will get an automatic extension of their franchises.
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(04 May 2020, 3:22 pm)Michael Wrote: Ye, seems a waste now.

It might take them up to a year or more to get back to normal, so ye, i think all the operators will get an automatic extension of their franchises.

The pessimist/realist in me, sees more than one company failing or handing back the keys early. Regardless of automatic extensions.
For some, the numbers just won't add up, if we see more home working or other changes in social and business habits.
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(04 May 2020, 3:29 pm)Andreos1 Wrote: The pessimist/realist in me, sees more than one company failing or handing back the keys early. Regardless of automatic extensions.
For some, the numbers just won't add up, if we see more home working or other changes in social and business habits.
They're all being ran as management contracts for the moment anyway where the Government takes all the revenue risk, due to current Covid situation.

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(04 May 2020, 3:36 pm)tyresmoke Wrote: They're all being ran as management contracts for the moment anyway where the Government takes all the revenue risk, due to current Covid situation.

But going forward they won't be. Once that liability is switched, I can see the problems coming to the fore.
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Arriva Group welcomes new contract for CrossCountry Trains

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