The call for tenders was launched in August 2016.  In August 2017, the West Midlands Trains consortium won the franchise and took over London Midland on 10 December 2017.   The franchise is expected to run until March 2026.   The Scottish Government confirmed on Friday 18 September that the EMAs for the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises, which were also due to expire on 20 September, would continue until 10 January 2021. Michael Mathieson, Scotland`s Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, confirmed that discussions with the two operators on a longer-term plan of contractual arrangements should start “immediately” after that date. Mathieson said that after the new EMAs, paying administrative fees to one of the two operators “would depend entirely on achieving satisfactory performance ratios.” In April 2016, the Department of Transport (DfT) announced the shortlist of bidders for the West Midlands franchise, consisting of incumbent Operator Govia, MTR Corporation and West Midlands Trains: a consortium of Abellio (70%), JR East (15%) and Mitsui (15%).    In July 2016, MTR Corporation withdrew from the tendering process.   The Prime Minister responded to a question from West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin in the House of Commons on WMT, who told him that WMT`s recent performance had been “absolutely deplorable”. She also asked Johnson if he agreed with West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, who says WMT should only have until the end of this month before considering terminating its franchise. Abellios ERMAs for the Greater Anglia and West Midlands Trains franchises will run until September 2021 and for the East Midlands Railway in March 2022.
The ERMA for the Chiltern franchise operated by Arriva runs until the expiry of this franchise in December 2021. Arriva`s other franchise, CrossCountry, had a longer EMA term until October 18, at the same time as the end of its direct franchise agreement, and negotiations are underway with DfT for a future agreement. Finally, c2c, owned by Trenitalia, has an ERMA that runs until March 2021. The franchise will oversee the introduction of a new fleet of trains, a new express service from Corby to London via Luton, improved delay refunds and Flexipass tickets, as well as an 80% increase in morning head seats in Nottingham, Lincoln and St Pancras. If a termination sum is agreed, it would be due at the end of the duration of the ERMA, the franchise agreement would also end contractually. If the termination amount for an operator cannot be agreed before mid-December, DfT has the right to terminate ERMA in advance, with the operator reduced to “the bulk of all existing franchises” from mid-January 2021. West Midlands Trains (WMT) is a train operator in the United Kingdom. It operates West Midlands passenger trains between London and the English Midlands under two trade names: West Midlands Railway (WMR) (within the West Midlands) and London Northwestern Railway (LNR) (outside the region). The problem with WMT seems to be the same as for most other franchises. the heir of managers/directors who have managed to get other operators screwed up in a significant way….