FirstGroup consortium to run West Coast rail route

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FirstGroup consortium to run West Coast rail route

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FirstGroup is to take over the working of the West Coast mainline prepare route, connecting London Euston to Glasgow Central, from December.

Together with Italian agency Trenitalia, FirstGroup mentioned the route would pave the way in which for an period of excessive pace rail.

First Trenitalia replaces Virgin Trains, which was barred from bidding to maintain the route.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps mentioned the bid was a part of a shift to a brand new mannequin for rail.

Mr Shapps mentioned the partnership was supported by Keith Williams, who has been commissioned to have a look at modifications to the rail franchising system and has advised the BBC that authorities involvement must be restricted to total coverage and finances choices.

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“This award is optimistic information for passengers with extra companies, extra direct connections and impressive plans for a cleaner, greener railway and in addition represents a decisive shift in the direction of a brand new mannequin for rail,” Mr Shapps mentioned.

FirstGroup, primarily based in Aberdeen, has been overhauling its enterprise and is in search of a purchaser for its Greyhound buses within the US and is taking a look at spinning off its UK buses arm, First Bus.

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