It was a 12 week consultation from when the trial was suspended, on 17th February IIRR. 12 weeks from 17th February is this Friday if I'm not mistaken. Does anyone have any idea what the outcome of the consultation period has been?
According to posters on WNXX the trial was judged a success and the plan is to reintroduce the service for the 9th of December, although apparently they will have to jump through the same hoops as a normal Open Access Operator competing with a TOC. Hope this helps.
I have heard Crewe and Sellafield possibly Carlisle; it was planned about 3 years ago and they even did a few trials with MK2s Crewe - Carnforth with 37423 but nothing came of it. I certainly wouldn't put it past DRS to attempt to run such a service.