InterCity West Coast (ICWC) was a UK rail transport company for passenger trains on the West Coast Main Line (and Deren branches), between London Euston, the West Midlands, North Wales, Liverpool, Manchester, Carlisle, Edinburgh, Glasgow and other major destinations in between. 1. SRAs and PTEs, as co-signers of relevant franchise agreements, often meet to discuss issues relevant to the management and development of franchise services activities. This practice will be continued and developed as part of the next replacement franchise, including the annual review of service commitments. This is a process in which the ASA will determine, in consultation with other stakeholders, including PTEs, the level and extent of future service levels, including consideration of corrective actions to achieve future demand and performance targets. The contract includes the execution of the first HS2 services from 2026 to 2031 if the project is maintained despite budgetary challenges. High-speed trains will run north on the existing main line after the opening of the first phase of the high-speed network between London and Birmingham. All bidders had to demonstrate the experience of operating high-speed rail services, which led to First being boarded by Trenitalia, which operates TGVs in Italy. The two previous British rail franchise competitions, won by Von First – TransPennine and South Western – proved costly for the company. First, the value of its TransPennine franchise last year was $106 million, and last month it was followed by an “incriminating contractual provision” of $102 million for South Western. The original franchise was challenged by Sea Containers, Stagecoach and Virgin Rail Group.
 Each presented two commandments, one based on an all-incenable fleet of trains and the other on a combination of conventional and tilting trains.  On 19 February 1997, the Virgin Rail Passenger Director Franchising granted a 15-year franchise, virgin Trains was commissioned on 9 March 1997.  The franchise was created during the privatization of British Rail and was transferred to the private sector on 9 March 1997, when Virgin Trains began operations. It was due to be re-leased in December 2012, with firstGroup announced as the winner; this decision was later overturned after irregularities were discovered in the franchise rental process. In December 2012, Virgin Trains was granted an extension to continue the franchise until November 2014, which was extended in several stages until December 2019. In October 2012, DfT announced that Virgin Trains would continue to operate the franchise for 9 to 13 months until a short-term interim franchise competition could resume for the West Coast.    In December 2012, Virgin was awarded a 23-month management contract until November 2014.  2. The recently announced agreement with Connexand provides for an additional deductible payment of $58 million to stabilize the loss-making franchise in 2003 and to negotiate the implementation of an amended agreement for Connex on the operation of services by the end of 2006.
Their franchise would then be at the end of their contract and replaced by an All-Kent franchise to include high-speed domestic flights on the Channel Tunnel rail link to St Pancras, for which we want to launch a competition in 2004. Stagecoach stated that the awarding of the franchise would have no impact on its ongoing litigation against DfT. Subject to approval by the Office of Rail and Road, First Trenitalia will operate two trains per hour between Liverpool and London – a line that Virgin Trains had also hoped would be the introduction of new hourly rail traffic between the two cities from May 2021.