The DfT has confirmed today that from April 2019 the current west coast services will be combined with the planned new HS2 high speed service. 

The new Franchise called the West Cost Partnership (WCP) will operate from 2019 and will include the operation of HS" from its introduction in 2026. 

Part of the responsibilities of the franchise will be the design and planning of the first HS2 services from London to Birmingham. 

The Government has confirmed the need for a world class operation solution which can demonstrate a history of conventional and High Speed operation delivery.