Directly Operated Railways (DOR) was established by the UK Government's Department for Transport in July 2009. It fulfils the Secretary of State's requirements under Section 30 of the Railways Act to secure the continued provision of passenger railway services should an existing franchise not be able to complete its full term.
In November 2009 DOR stepped in to operate the East Coast franchise through its wholly owned subsidiary, East Coast Main Line Company Limited (East Coast). DOR assumed the role of a supportive parent organisation for East Coast as the business was developed and transformed.
Support was also given to East Coast and the Department of Transport during the procurement process, and the franchise was successfully re-let to Inter City Railways Limited, a consortium of Stagecoach Group (90%), and Virgin Trains (10%), on 1 March 2015.
DIRECTLY OPERATED RAILWAYS LIMITED