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Railways Act 1993

1993 CHAPTER 43


An Act to provide for the appointment and functions of a Rail Regulator and a Director of Passenger Rail Franchising and of users' consultative committees for the railway industry and for certain ferry services; to make new provision with respect to the provision of railway services and the persons by whom they are to be provided or who are to secure their provision; to make provision for and in connection with the grant and acquisition of rights over, and the disposal or other transfer and vesting of, any property, rights or liabilities by means of which railway services are, or are to be, provided; to amend the functions of the British Railways Board; to make provision with respect to the safety of railways and the protection of railway employees and members of the public from personal injury and other risks arising from the construction or operation of railways; to make further provision with respect to transport police; to make provision with respect to certain railway pension schemes; to make provision for and in connection with the payment of grants and subsidies in connection with railways and in connection with the provision of facilities for freight haulage by inland waterway; to make provision in relation to tramways and other guided transport systems; and for connected purposes.

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Train operating companies (TOC)

Current operators* (details are correct at time of publishment.)

In each section we have the 'Franchise holder' which has been divided into groups along with the TOC's in each franchise catagory.


The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) is the coordinating body of the train operating companies in Great Britain and owns the National Rail brand, which uses the former British Rail double-arrow logo and organises the common ticketing structure. Many of the train operating companies are in fact parts of larger companies which operate multiple franchises.

As of 17 September 2014:

First Group

First Scotrail


On 8 October 2014, First ScotRail confirmed its bid to retain the franchise had been unsuccessful and the franchise will transfer to Abellio ScotRail on 1 April 2015.


(a subsidiary of Nederlandse Spoorwegen)

National Express Group




Arriva Trains Wales 

(a subsidiary of Arriva, part of Deutsche Bahn)

Govia (a joint venture between Go-Ahead and Keolis)


(a joint venture between Abellio and Serco)

Virgin Group

Virgin Trains 

(51% of ) 

Stagecoach Group

Virgin Trains 

(49% of ) 

As of 2014, there are 24 train operating companies, which are listed below. 

Click on the TOC to take you to the company's Wikipedia page.

Future TOCs


  • Abellio ScotRail

  • Caledonian Sleeper

  • MTR Crossrail

This is an extract from Wikipedia, Last updated:

2 March 2015, at 02:27.