Directly Operated Railways
|Headquarters||London, United Kingdom|
|Area served||London, East Midlands, Yorkshire,
North East England, Central Scotland, Northern Scotland
|Services||Train operating company management|
|Owner(s)||Department for Transport (United Kingdom Government)|
|References: Government holding company formed to run temporary rail franchises when private contractors have failed|
Directly Operated Railways is a holding company set up by the Department for Transport in the United Kingdom in July 2009 to run rail franchises should it become necessary to bring them into public ownership.
East Coast Main Line Company
Subsidiary East Coast Main Line Company trading as East Coast, took over the running of services on the InterCity East Coast franchise from 13 November 2009 following the government assuming control of the franchise from National Express East Coast after it defaulted on its contract.
West Coast Main Line Company
In September 2012 with the potential that the Department for Transport would not be able to enter into a contract with its preferred bidder for the InterCity West Coast franchise (FirstGroup) as a result of Virgin Rail Group seeking a judicial review, it was suggested that subsidiary West Coast Main Line Company would take over running of the franchise from December 2012 pending a resolution.
In October 2012 the competition for the franchise was cancelled following the discovery of technical flaws in the franchise process. The Secretary of State for Transport announced that an investigation would be conducted, with the running of the West Coast line likely to be passed into the hands of West Coast Main Line Company Limited to ensure that train services continued uninterrupted. Directly Operated Railways confirmed that it had been asked in mid-September 2012 to prepare to mobilise for temporary transfer of the InterCity West Coast franchise in December. With the announcement the Department for Transport was opening negotiations with Virgin Rail Group about operating the franchise on a short-term basis, Directly Operated Railways stepped back from mobilising, but remained on standby.
- South Eastern Trains - the previous occasion the government has run a TOC having taken back a franchise
- East Thames Buses - a similar entity created by Transport for London
- Companies House extract company no 6950819 Directly Operated Railways Limited
- Official website
- Companies House extract company no 4659708 East Coast Main Line Limited
- "East Coast rail change confirmed". BBC News Online. 2009-11-05. Retrieved 2009-11-05.
- Companies House extract company no 4659516 West Coast Main Line Limited
- "Government team in place to run West Coast Main Line". The Daily Telegraph. 18 September 2012.
- West Coast Main Line franchise competition cancelled Department for Transport Press Release 3 October 2012
- "West Coast main line rail contract halted in shock move". The Guardian. 3 October 2012.
- Directly Operated Railways ICWC Comment 15 October 2012