[Talk-GB] London Overground / TfL Rail as part of National Rail

David Woolley forums at david-woolley.me.uk
Wed Nov 24 11:39:14 UTC 2021

On 23/11/2021 22:53, Michael Tsang wrote:
> For franchises and open-access operator, should we use the "legal name" or
> "trading name" for the operator? For example, "First MTR South Western Trains

I find the use of franchise and concession, here, the opposite of the 
normal use.  Could someone explain.

Typically, I'd call Timpsons in a Morrisons (or even W H Smith in a 
railway station) a concession; the trading name is that of the operator, 
but they are operating on someone else's property.

I'd call many McDonald's franchises, as they are operating under a 
trading name and brand under licence, and are actually run by a small 
company, with a, probably, obscure name, although I've seen cases where 
it is on display (I think there is a legal requirement, but that is 
often ignored.  A similar situation exists with people like Spar grocers.

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