UK rail franchise agreements to be suspended due to coronavirus

Interview with Robert Nisbet, the Director of Nations and Regions of the Rail Delivery Group.

Rail franchise agreements are to be suspended to avoid train companies collapsing due to the coronavirus, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.

The DfT said passenger numbers have fallen by up to 70%, while ticket sales are down by two-thirds.

Rail timetables have been slashed because of Covid-19.