Network Rail paper announcement expected this week

The winner of the bidding process to distribute a new London newspaper inside 10 main central London train stations is expected this week, according to a Network Rail spokesman.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “There should be an announcement later this week. Our legal people are just looking at the contract at the moment. We will be in a position to announce the lucky winner very shortly. The two contenders that we’re looking at are both attached to newspaper companies. It might be next week, but is more likely to be this week.”

The tendering process stemmed from the same OFT decision which has led Trasnport for London to invite bids for a free newspaper to be distributed at its London Underground and Docklands Light Rail stations.

Of the companies bidding for the right to distribute in the 10 stations, two remain. Original bidders were thought to include Guardian Newspapers, Express Newspapers, News International and Associated Newspapers.

In London last month, Associated launched its afternoon free London Lite while News International also began publishing its rival afternoon free thelondonpaper.

Associated also publish London’s free morning Metro, currently available to pick up from bins in London tube and train stations. London’s free morning business title City AM is given out by hand distributors and available from distribution bins outside stations and private companies.

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