Elizabeth Line in London: Bidding process for new operator includes a joint venture by Tokyo Metro

Elizabeth Line

Transport for London (TfL) has announced the final four candidates to operate the MTR Elizabeth line. The finalists include Arriva UK Trains, First Keolis Elizabeth Line, a joint venture between First Group and Keolis, Go-Ahead Holdings together with Sumitomo Corporation, and a joint venture by Tokyo Metro known as GTS Rail Operations, as well as MTR Corporation (UK), a local subsidiary of Hong Kong Railways.

Bidding documents will be distributed to the four candidates, with submissions due in July. The contract will have a duration of seven years, with an option to extend for up to two additional years. The newly selected operator will take over operations from May 2025.

The Elizabeth line, which was inaugurated in May 2022, connects London Heathrow Airport, Reading, Shenfield, and Abbey Wood. During peak times, it operates up to 24 trains per hour in central London. The current operator is MTR Corporation (UK).

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