Department for Transport’s New Great Western National Rail Contract

In UK Eversheds Sutherland, advised on the matter.

Eversheds Sutherland advised Department For Transport (UK) with a team including William Spickett (Picture – Public Law).

The Department for Transport (the Department) awarded a National Rail contract to First Greater Western Limited (GWR), in respect of the “Great Western” passenger rail services.

GWR provides intercity, commuter and regional and local services across a wide area of the South West of Britain. It operates high speed intercity services using new Inter City Express Trains to Bristol, South Wales and the West Country.

The new National Rail Contract commenced on 26 June 2022, following the expiry of GWR’s previous agreement with the Department. It has a core term of three years with an option for the Department to extend by up to three further years to June 2028.

Under the new National Rail Contract, GWR will continue to evolve its customer offering to meet changing passenger needs, supporting customers switch to digital ticketing and making digital channels and information more accessible and personalised.

The Eversheds team was led by Principal Associate Andrew Bell and included Associate Katie Woodcock. Partner William Spickett (Picture) advised on rolling stock matters.

Involved fees earner: Andrew Bell – Eversheds Sutherland; William Spickett – Eversheds Sutherland; Katie Woodcock – Eversheds Sutherland;

Law Firms: Eversheds Sutherland;

Clients: Department For Transport (UK);

Author: Giulia Di Palma