Passenger Train Operating Companies

The passenger trains in Great Britain are run by a number of Train Operating Companies, each with responsibility for particular lines or groups of services. Most services are operated under franchise from national or in a few instances local government, other services are purely commercial ventures run on an open access basis. This page contains links to the websites of all services, under the commercial names used by their operators.

Almost all Train Operating Companies are members of the Rail Delivery Group

Franchises let by Department for Transport

Directly Operated Railways

Franchises operated by state owned company under the direction of Department for Transport in the absence of a private operator

Franchises let by Transport Scotland

Franchise currently let by Department for Transport

to be let by Welsh Government from 2018

Franchise let by Transport for London

Franchise let by Merseytravel

Open Access Operators

Steam hauled tourist trains on the West Highland Railway and trains of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway between Grosmont and Whitby also run as Open Access Operators.

Proposed Open Access Operators

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