Passenger, freight and track services

This page provides more information about the companies that serve the length and breadth of the UK rail network.

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Train operating companies


Arriva Rail London logo  

Arriva Rail London (ARL)

Arriva Rail London Overground operates services between Richmond and Stratford via Willesden Junction, together with the Willesden Junction/Clapham Junction and Gospel Oak/Barking lines. ARL route map

Website: http://www.arrivaraillondon.co.uk/

Owning group: Arriva UK Trains (owned by Deutsche Bahn)
Franchise dates: November 2016 to May 2024


Arriva Trains Wales logo  

Arriva Trains Wales

Arriva Trains Wales operates a mix of long distance, regional and local rural services in Wales, including the Valley Lines network of services around Cardiff, and also in the English border counties and to Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. Arriva Trains Wales route map

Website: http://www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk/

Owning group: Arriva UK Trains (owned by Deutsche Bahn)
Franchise dates: December 2003 to October 2018


c2c logo  

c2c

c2c operates an intensive, mainly commuter, service into London Fenchurch Street from south east Essex. c2c route map

Website: http://www.c2c-online.co.uk/

Owning group: National Express Group
Franchise dates: September 2014 to November 2029


Caledonian Sleeper logo  

Caledonian Sleeper

The Caledonian Sleeper Highland route runs to Fort William, Inverness, and Aberdeen. The Caledonian Sleeper Lowland route runs from London Euston to Glasgow Central or Edinburgh Waverley. Caledonian Sleeper route map

Website: https://www.sleeper.scot/

Owning group: Serco
Franchise dates: April 2015 to March 2030


Chiltern Railways logo  

Chiltern Railways

Chiltern Railways operates passenger train services throughout the M40 corridor between Birmingham and London. Their passengers are a mix of commuters, business and leisure travellers. Chiltern Railways route map

Website: https://www.chilternrailways.co.uk/

Owning group: Arriva UK Trains (owned by Deutsche Bahn)
Franchise dates: March 2002 to December 2021


CrossCountry logo  

CrossCountry

CrossCountry operates a network of long distance services between Scotland and the North East England through to the South West of England and Bournemouth. Services also operate between Birmingham, Leicester and Stansted Airport, Cardiff, Birmingham and Nottingham. CrossCountry route map

Website: https://www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk/

Owning group: Arriva UK Trains (owned by Deutsche Bahn)
Franchise dates: November 2007 to October 2019


East Midlands logo  

East Midlands Trains

East Midlands Trains operates train services between London, the East Midlands and Yorkshire (Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield, Leeds) and central England services groups linking Nottingham, Derby, Worksop, Lincoln, Cleethorpes, Skegness, Leicester and Cambridge. East Midlands Trains route map

Website: http://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/

Owning group: Stagecoach Group
Franchise dates: November 2007 to October 2017


Eurostar logo  

Eurostar

Eurostar operates high speed international train services between London, Brussels, Paris (centre and Disneyland Paris), the Alps and Rhone Valley. Eurostar route map

Website: http://www.eurostar.com/

Owning group: Eurostar International Ltd
Franchise dates: not applicable


Gatwick Express logo  

Gatwick Express

Gatwick Express is operated by Southern Railways and runs non-stop between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria every 15 minutes. Gatwick Express route map

Website: http://www.gatwickexpress.com/

Owning group: Govia (partnership of Keolis and Go-Ahead Group)
Franchise dates: not applicable


Grand Central logo  

Grand Central

Grand Central is an open access operator which provides direct high speed train services between London Kings Cross and Sunderland. Grand Central route map

Website: https://www.grandcentralrail.com/

Owning group: Arriva UK Trains (owned by Deutsche Bahn)
Franchise dates: not applicable


Greater Anglia logo  

Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia operates mainline trains between London, Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich, as well as local trains across Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. Greater Anglia route map

Website: https://www.greateranglia.co.uk/

Owning group: Abellio (owned by Nederlandse Spoorwegen)
Franchise dates: October 2016 to October 2025.


Great Northern logo  

Great Northern

Great Northern operates train services between London King's Cross and Peterborough, Cambridge and King's Lynn; and services between Moorgate and Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage and Letchworth Garden City. Great Northern route map

Website: http://www.thameslinkrailway.com/

Owning group: Govia (partnership of Keolis and Go-Ahead Group)
Franchise dates: September 2014 to September 2021


Great Western Railway logo  

Great Western Railway

Great Western Railway operates high-speed train services between London Paddington, South Wales, the Cotswolds and the West Country. Great Western Railway route map

Website: https://www.gwr.com/

Owning group: FirstGroup
Franchise dates: April 2006 to April 2019


Heathrow Express logo  

Heathrow Express

Heathrow Express operates dedicated high speed services between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport. Heathrow Express route map

Website: https://www.heathrowexpress.com/

Owning group: Heathrow Express
Franchise dates: not applicable


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Hull Trains

Hull Trains is a open access operator and provides a limited number of through trains between London Kings Cross and Hull. Hull Trains route map

Website: http://www.hulltrains.co.uk/

Owning group: FirstGroup
Franchise dates: not applicable


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London Midland

London Midland operates express services between London Euston, Milton Keynes and Birmingham New Street (via Northampton). London Midland route map

Website: http://www.londonmidland.com/

Owning group: Govia (partnership of Keolis and Go-Ahead Group)
Franchise dates: November 2007 to June 2017


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Merseyrail

Merseyrail provides services between Liverpool and Southport, Ormskirk, Kirby, Hunts Cross, New Brighton, West Kirby, Chester and Ellesmere Port. Merseyrail route map

Website: http://www.merseyrail.org/

Owning group: partnership of Abellio and Serco
Franchise dates: July 2003 to July 2028


Northern logo  

Northern

Northern operates a range of inter-urban, commuter and rural services throughout the North of England. Northern route map

Website: https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/

Owning group: Arriva UK Trains (owned by Deutsche Bahn)
Franchise dates: April 2016 to March 2025


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ScotRail

ScotRail provides 95% of all passenger rail services within Scotland and has services to Carlisle and Newcastle. ScotRail route map

Website: http://www.scotrail.co.uk/

Owning group: Abellio (owned by Nederlandse Spoorwegen)
Franchise dates: April 2015 to March 2025


Southeastern logo  

Southeastern

Southeastern operates all the services in the south east London suburbs, the whole of Kent and part of Sussex, which are primarily commuter services to/from central London. Southeastern route map

Website: http://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/

Owning group: Govia (partnership of Keolis and Go-Ahead Group)
Franchise dates: April 2006 to June 2018


Southern logo  

Southern

Southern operates predominantly commuter services between London, Surrey and Sussex, as well as services to Gatwick and Brighton, and South Coast services. Southern route map

Website: http://www.southernrailway.com/

Owning group: Govia (partnership of Keolis and Go-Ahead Group)
Franchise dates: July 2015 to September 2021


South West Trains logo  

South West Trains

South West Trains operates trains from London Waterloo to Woking, Basingstoke, Southampton, Portsmouth, Exeter, Reading, Bournemouth. South West Trains route map

Website: http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/

Owning group: Stagecoach Group
Franchise dates: February 2007 to June 2017


TfL Rail logo  

TfL Rail

TfL Rail runs the East Anglian metro service into London, covering Ilford, Romford and Shenfield. TfL Rail route map

Website: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/tfl-rail/

Owning group: Transport for London
Franchise dates: June 2015 to December 2019


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Thameslink

Thameslink operates train services between Bedford and Brighton; and the Luton, St Albans, Sutton and Wimbledon loop. Thameslink route map

Website: http://www.thameslinkrailway.com/

Owning group: Govia (partnership of Keolis and Go-Ahead Group)
Franchise dates: September 2014 to September 2021


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TransPennine Express

TransPennine Express operates predominantly long distance inter-urban services linking major centres of population across both North East and North West England. TransPennine Express route map

Website: http://www.tpexpress.co.uk/

Owning group: FirstGroup
Franchise dates: April 2016 to March 2023


Virgin Trains logo  

Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains operates services between Glasgow, North West England, North Wales, the West Midlands and London, and also between Birmingham and Glasgow/ Edinburgh. Virgin Trains route map

Website: https://www.virgintrains.co.uk/

Owning group: partnership of Virgin Group and Stagecoach Group
Franchise dates: March 1997 to April 2018


Virgin Trains East Coast logo  

Virgin Trains East Coast

Virgin Trains East Coast operates long distance train services along the East Coast Main Line, linking London King's Cross, the East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside, North East England and Scotland. Virgin Trains East Coast route map

Website: https://www.virgintrainseastcoast.com/

Owning group: partnership of Virgin Group and Stagecoach Group
Franchise dates: March 2015 to March 2022


Owning groups


Abellio  

Abellio (Nederlandse Spoorwegen)

Wholly owned:

  • Abellio Greater Angla
  • ScotRail

Part ownership:

  • Merseyrail

Website: https://www.abellio.com/


Arriva logo  

Arriva UK Trains (Deutsche Bahn)

Wholly owned:

  • Arriva Rail London
  • Arriva Trains Wales
  • Chiltern Railways
  • CrossCountry
  • Grand Central
  • London Overground
  • Northern

Website: http://www.arriva.co.uk/countries/uk


FirstGroup  

FirstGroup

Wholly owned:

  • Great Western Railway
  • Hull Trains
  • TransPennine Express

Website: http://www.firstgroupplc.com/


GoAhead  

Go-Ahead Group

Part ownership:

  • Gatwick Express (GTR)
  • Great Northern (GTR)
  • London Midland
  • Southeastern
  • Southern (GTR)
  • Thamesline (GTR)

Website: http://www.go-ahead.com/en/index.html


Keolis logo  

Keolis

Part ownership:

  • Gatwick Express (GTR)
  • Great Northern (GTR)
  • London Midland
  • Southeastern
  • Southern (GTR)
  • Thamesline (GTR)

Website: http://www.keolis.co.uk/


MTR  

MTR

Wholly owned:

  • Crossrail / Elizabeth Line

Website: http://www.mtreurope.com/


National Express  

National Express Group

Wholly owned:

  • c2c

Website: http://www.nationalexpressgroup.com/


Serco logo  

Serco

Wholly owned:

  • Caledonian Sleeper

Part ownership:

  • Merseyrail

Website: https://www.serco.com/


Stagecoach Group  

Stagecoach Group

Wholly owned:

  • East Midlands Trains
  • South West Trains

Part ownership:

  • Virgin Trains
  • Virgin Trains East Coast

Website: http://www.stagecoachplc.com/


Virgin logo  

Virgin Group

Part ownership:

  • Virgin Trains
  • Virgin Trains East Coast

Website: https://www.virgin.com/


Freight operating companies


Colas Rail logo  

Colas Rail

Website: http://www.colasrail.co.uk/


DB Cargo logo  

DB Cargo UK

Website: http://uk.dbcargo.com/rail-uk-en/start.html


Direct Rail Services logo  

Direct Rail Services

Website: http://www.directrailservices.com/


Freightliner logo  

Freightliner

Website: http://www.freightliner.co.uk/


GB Rail Freight logo  

GB Railfreight

Website: http://www.gbrailfreight.com/


Track and infrastructure services


HS2 logo  

HS2 - high speed rail

Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/high-speed-two-limited


Network Rail logo  

Network Rail

Website: http://www.networkrail.co.uk


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