Our new franchise will run existing InterCity services on the West Coast Main Line and deliver high speed rail services on High Speed 2.

This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring Britain's largest cities closer together. With our partner Trenitalia, we will provide exceptional customer service as standard for our customers.

We'll be delivering a better travel experience, more services, simpler ticketing and sustainable intercity travel. See more about our exciting plans here

Over the coming weeks and months, we'll keep you updated on how the new franchise will work and look – including revealing a new name and brand.