Since November 2007, the London Midland franchise has been operated by Govia, a joint venture between Go-Ahead Group, a British private-sector transport company, and Keolis, which is owned by SNCF, the national state-owned rail operator in France. The franchise includes commuter services on the West Coast Main Line. The franchise was originally intended to end in September 2015; however, turmoil in the Department for Transport’s refranchising schedule has seen Govia directly awarded an extension to its franchise, which is currently due to conclude in March 2016 but may be further extended to June 2017. Govia also operates the Southern, Southeastern and Thameslink / Great Northern franchises.
• Do you use the London Midland service regularly?
• Do you believe it should be returned to public hands as part of a re-unified national rail network run for people not profit?
• Then, why not start a campaign building up to the franchise end?
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