Rail: Southern parent company wins huge new franchise

The parent company of Uckfield railway line operator, Southern, has been awarded a huge franchise to operate services across large parts of the south and East Anglia.

Govia has won the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise;  the largest rail franchise in the UK in terms of passenger numbers, trains, revenue, and staff.

The seven-year management contract, starting in September 2014, replaces the Thameslink and Great Northern franchise (operated as First Capital Connect, FCC) will encompass the Southern and Gatwick Express routes from July 2015 and also include a small number of services and stations currently operated by Southeastern which will transfer in December 2014.

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