I think this franchise competition is a different kettle of fish from running the current one, not least because of the Metro. We tend to think of just the railway operational issues and that (eg) the same rolling stock will just roll over to the new operator with the same staff. But the commercial terms will be very different, and the ITT will contain confidential WG information for the bidding teams. There's also the fact that the bids are actually from consortia, with other commercial entities involved and requiring confidentiality agreements. Arriva was not the only member of its consortium. It may even have been their partners who backed out of the bidding. I'm sure the incumbent ATW management will be consulted (by all parties equally), but unable to see the detail of any of the bids. The same applies to Network Rail who need to see all the bids and advise on their deliverability, but they have to keep full confidentiality.