Our Ref: BR2/14/2
26th August 2020
REINTRODUCTION OF ON BOARD CATERING SERVICES – TRANSPENNINE EXPRESS
As you are aware, when the lockdown restrictions came into place, TransPennine Express (TPE) suspended all of their on-board catering services.
As restrictions are now being gradually lifted the need for on-board catering services has increased with the company preparing for the potential re-introduction of their on-board services. Currently, the contract is outsourced to Rail Gourmet. TPE has produced a document to seek funding from Rail North to support the re-introduction of their on-board services. The document presented to Rail North is still in the very early stages and may take a couple of weeks to receive a response to the request for funding.
The National Executive Committee has considered this matter and acknowledged our Lead Officers report and the company’s plans to re-introduce their on-board services. The NEC has instructed me to monitor the situation and to provide an updated report on the outcome of Rail North’s decision.
I will continue to keep members advised on the situation and will update you once I have more information.