The Department for Transport has extended Govia Thameslink Railway’s Emergency Recovery Measures Agreement from 20 September 2021 to 31 March 2022.
The contract generates a margin of up to 1.5% and is a management contract with no financial exposure to passenger volumes, which have fallen significantly during the Covid pandemic.
The government has also issued a Prior Information Notice for operation of services currently run by GTR starting on 1 April 2022 and running for up to six years with a core period of at least two years. It will take the form of a direct award contract. It follows a previous PIN which envisaged the ERMA being replaced by a direct award on 19 September.