Prism Rail

Prism Rail

Prism Rail was formed in July 1995 to bid for rail franchises in the United Kingdom during the privatisation of British Rail. It expressed interest in eighteen franchises, was shortlisted for twelve and was ultimately awarded four, LTS Rail, Valley Lines, Wales & West, and West Anglia Great Northern.

Prism Rail was founded by a number of individuals from the bus industry. The company raised the money to acquire its first passenger rail franchise from a small number of institutional investors, following which the shares were listed on the Alternative Investment Market in May 1996.

In July 2000 Prism Rail was purchased by National Express. The merger of the companies was completed on 19 September 2000.

In the following four years LTS rebranded as c2c, Valley Lines and Wales & West merged into Wales and Borders, and WAGN was split.

Prism Rail Overview

Prism Rail Industry: Transport
Prism Rail Founded: July 1995
Prism Rail Defunct: 19 September 2000
Prism Rail Fate: Takeover
Prism Rail Successor: National Express
Prism Rail Products: Rail transport


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