Train company gets contract extended

A commuter rail company is to carry on running its trains for an extra six months to bridge the gap between the end of its current contract and the start of a new to-be-bid-for mega-franchise carrying more than 280 million passengers a year.

First Capital Connect gets contract extension

In a deal announced by the Government today, First Capital Connect (FCC) will continue its franchise until September when a new Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise will start.

Yesterday, a Which? table placed FCC 17th out of 19 train companies for passenger satisfaction, with FCC also scoring the equal-last number of points for train cleanliness.

The new deal for FCC covers services between London, Bedford, Brighton and Kings Lynn.

Starting in September, TSGN will be the largest franchise on the network and will take in the £6.5 billion Thameslink improvement programme which includes new electric trains.

The new contract with FCC represents the best deal for passengers and taxpayers. It ensures the continuity of the existing service and guarantees the completion of the ongoing Thameslink Programme."

– Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

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