Govia wins rail franchise contract

Govia has won a six year extension of its South Central rail franchise, which provides services going out of London, by promising longer commuter trains and more frequent services. The Department for Transport said the new franchise agreement, which runs from September until July 2015, could be extended by a further two years at its discretion. Govia beat Stagecoach, National Express and Dutch operator NedRailways in the bidding process.