Since 1994, Britain's Railways have been in the hands
of private train operating companies (TOC's). The government owns and
maintains the track network through Network Rail, and leases out
different routes in a franchise basis.
Rail is the title used by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC)
to define the passenger rail services operated in Great Britain since
the demise of British Rail.
National Rail and Network Rail should not be mixed
up. National Rail is the promoter of passenger rail travel and Network
Rail manages infrastructure, track, signals, etc.
Operating Companies Map
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