FirstGroup replaces Virgin to run West Coast route [BBC News]

Date: 14/08/2019

FirstGroup is to take over the running of the West Coast mainline train route, connecting London Euston to Glasgow Central, from December.
Along with Italian firm Trenitalia, FirstGroup said the route would pave the way for an era of high-speed rail.
First Trenitalia replaces Virgin Trains, which was barred from bidding to keep the route.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the bid was part of a shift to a new model for rail.

External links

FirstGroup replaces Virgin to run West Coast route
Interior view of the main concourse full of commuters and people travelling from Euston Railway Station in London in July 2018.

BBC News

FirstGroup and Trenitalia will take over the running of the London-to-Glasgow route in December.

Related news items

Tags: x Grant Shapps x FirstGroup x Virgin Trains

13/08/2020Stonehaven: Rail crash investigation launched after three die in derailment [Scotsman]
27/06/2020What next for the UK's deserted public transport network? [The Guardian]
25/06/2020Britain's railways will be 'renationalised' using coronavirus measures [Mail Online]
23/05/2020Isle of Wight railway plans move closer - government funds awarded [IoW County Press]
15/05/2020Billions to be invested in roads and railways during coronavirus lockdown [Strathspey and Badenoch Herald]
13/05/2020'Don't flood public transport' Grant Shapps warns as England heads back to work [Metro]
24/04/2020First Rail announces new trains and additions to the management [Railway Technology]
29/01/2020Troubled rail firm Northern brought under government control [BBC News]
28/01/2020Beeching rail cuts: Fund to restore lines goes ahead amid criticism [BBC News]
02/01/2020Northern rail to be stripped of franchise, says Grant Shapps [The Guardian]
08/12/2019Avanti starts running West Coast Main Line after Virgin franchise ends [BBC News]
07/12/2019Virgin Trains says 'Thank You' as last train set to depart [Virgin Trains]
07/12/2019From talking toilets to speed records: How Virgin Trains changed British railway travel [ITV News]
05/12/2019Virgin Trains becomes first train operator to trial onboard 5G Wi-Fi [Virgin Trains]
27/11/2019West coast train services to be rebranded with Avanti logo [The Guardian]
26/11/2019All aboard: bosses keep roles as Virgin hands over to First Group [The Guardian]
11/11/2019London-Glasgow passengers choose rail over air [BBC News]
07/11/2019West Coast Rail prices could rise, warns watchdog [BBC News]
20/09/2019Competition watchdog probes West Coast Rail franchise award [Scotsman]
03/09/2019HS2 to be delayed by up to five years as cost spirals to £88bn [The Guardian]
30/08/2019Rail passengers could be spared injustice of one journey costing almost as much as a return trip [Daily Mail]
26/08/2019Northerns rail services totally unacceptable as Transport Secretary promises to act after driver shortage claims [Yorkshire Post]
21/08/2019HS2: Review to examine costs and benefits of rail project [BBC News]
24/06/2019New app to help rail passengers when services are cancelled [ITV News]
31/05/2019Train firm announces split ticketing rail journey app [ITV News]
24/05/2019Virgin Trains takes government to court over West Coast route [The Guardian]
24/04/2019Standing on long rail journeys to be banned under Virgin Trains plan for airline-style fares [Telegraph]
10/04/2019Virgin Trains 'could disappear' after franchise bar [BBC News]
04/04/2019Passenger numbers up on Virgin trains between Glasgow and London [BBC News]
25/03/2019FirstGroup orders five electric trains for London-Edinburgh route [Railway Technology]
28/02/2019Virgin Trains rolls out Alexa feature to assist disabled passengers [Railway Technology]
23/12/2018Virgin Trains gets one-year extension to run west coast mainline [The Guardian]
13/11/2018FirstGroup's new boss to bid for more UK rail operations despite loss [The Guardian]
05/09/2018Grayling pushes for Britain railway review amid commuter anger [Guardian]
28/06/2018Chinese rail companies in front to run HS2 trains as British Virgin Trains and First Group struggle [Daily Mail]
24/06/2018East Coast train line back under public control [BBC News]
23/06/2018Final day for Virgin Trains East Coast [ITV News]
31/05/2018FirstGroup boss departs after £327m loss [BBC News]
19/05/2018The bad bet at the heart of the East Coast rail franchise implosion [Guardian]
14/05/2018East Coast rail franchise 'to be scrapped' by transport secretary [Guardian]
19/04/2018Legal threat over Virgin Trains East Coast rail franchise [BBC News]
11/04/2018FirstGroup rejects takeover bid from US equity group Apollo [Guardian]
19/03/2018Passenger train struck rail left on track near Inverness [BBC News]
10/03/2018Virgin Trains rival Grand Central applies to run more services on East Coast mainline [Telegraph]
02/03/2018ScotRail testing network in bid to get trains moving [Scotsman]
15/01/2018ScotRail ranks bottom in Scotland says consumer watchdog study [Herald]
22/12/2017Virgin Trains West Coast strike called off [BBC News]
20/12/2017TransPennine Express trainsets under construction in Japan [Railway Gazette]
19/12/2017New Azumas get inaugural Scottish Highlands run [RTM]
15/12/2017Virgin Trains staff hold 24-hour strike [BBC News]
30/11/2017Grayling misleading Commons on East Coast rail 'bailout', says Labour [Guardian]
16/11/2017Virgin West Coast rail workers to strike [BBC News]
10/10/2017HITRANS Autumn Newsletter [HITRANS]
15/09/2017West Coast main line: Long delays after Harrow fire [BBC News]
06/09/2017South Western Railway brand launched in London [Railway Gazette]
16/08/2017Virgin Trains Azuma crosses Border for first time [Scotsman]
22/06/2017Three shortlisted for West Coast Partnership franchise [Railway Gazette]
20/06/2017First MTR signs £895m deal with Bombardier for new SWT trains [RTM]
04/05/2017Virgin unveil new ticketing structure to save customers £7.1m a year [RTM]
24/04/2017Virgin and Stagecoach join with SNCF on HS2 WCP franchise bid [RTM]
23/04/2017Rail royalty Flying Scotsman meets modern era trains [BBC News]
22/04/2017Flying Scotsman will measure up to modern trains in unique Yorkshire railway event [Yorkshire Post]
13/04/2017Virgin Trains East Coast staff to stage 48-hour strike [BBC News]
23/03/2017ScotRail's 'new' HSTs [Rail Engineer]
21/03/2017Four trains, four generations - history to be made on Yorkshires East Coast Main Line [Virgin Trains]
04/02/2017Virgin Trains acting like Gestapo, says businessman detained after exploiting ticket loophole [Telegraph]
04/02/2017Woman praises train guard after racist attack [BBC News]
01/02/2017Air passenger duty cut 'will reduce train travel' [BBC News]
25/01/2017Virgin Trains completes £40m East Coast fleet refurbishment [RTM]
10/01/2017Lancashire MP Mark Menzies to fight 'barmy' rail fares to London [BBC News]
28/11/2016FirstGroup keen to bid for ScotRail franchise [Press and Journal]
19/11/2016Croydon line tram driver suspended over Sun footage [BBC News]
02/11/2016£60m Hull Trains electro-diesel train deal signed [Railway Gazette]
10/10/2016Virgin Trains recruiting £57,000 drivers for east coast line [Scotsman]
03/10/2016Virgin Trains East Coast rail staff strike under way [BBC News]
26/09/2016Virgin East Coast rail staff to strike on 3 October [BBC News]
21/08/2016Services resume after West Coast Main Line derailing [BBC News]
18/08/2016Virgin Trains East Coast August strikes suspended [BBC News]
09/08/2016Virgin East Coast rail staff vote to strike [BBC News]
15/07/2016CAF confirms UK assembly plant [Railway Gazette]
12/05/2016First Group to run Edinburgh to London budget rail service[BBC News]
03/04/2016Trains, boasts and planes: Virgin bids to put rail on top [Scotland on Sunday]
01/04/2016New start for north as franchises are launched [Rail News]
31/03/2016Hitachi awarded TransPennine Express multiple-unit contract [Railway Gazette]
20/03/2016Virgin Trains East Coast Azuma Train In Action! [Citytransportinfo]
18/02/2016How much for a private rail carriage from Edinburgh to London? [Scotsman]
15/02/2016Extra trains launched linking London with Edinburgh [Evening Standard]
04/02/2016Two shortlisted for South Western franchise [Rail News]
10/01/2016Virgin unveils first train of refurbished fleet [Rail News]
06/01/2016Virgin to by-pass West Coast Rail Line blockage [BBC News]
14/12/2015First Sunderland Virgin train arrives in London King's Cross [Sunderlad Echo]
08/12/2015West Coast Main Line reopens after Carlisle flood [Rail News]
24/11/2015Virgin East Coast plans £21m refurbishment for trains [BBC News]
29/10/2015New livery for Flying Scotsman train unveiled [Evening News]
22/06/2015First Virgin liveried HST enters service on East Coast [Rail News]
21/05/2015Rail unions call off national bank holiday strike [BBC News]
30/03/2015End of the line for FirstGroup, but they bow out with boasts [Evening Times]
25/03/2015Edinburgh rail workers to strike on Good Friday [BBC News]
22/03/2015FirstGroup's Great Western rail deal extended to 2019 [BBC News]
01/03/2015East Coast rail back in private hands [BBC News]
26/02/2015Plan to upgrade Inverness Railway Station [BBC News]
10/02/2015CAF signs Caledonian Sleeper car contract [Rail News]
12/01/2015Virgin Trains reports surge in cross-border travel [BBC News]
14/12/2014New Shrewsbury to London rail service begins [BBC News]
10/10/2014Hitachi named as preferred bidder for 70 Scotrail electric trains [Journal]
07/10/2014Dutch firm Abellio wins ScotRail franchise from FirstGroup [BBC News]
24/09/2014Major rail disruption | Virgin Trains driver injured by electric shock en route to Liverpool Lime Street [Liverpool Echo]
23/09/2014Blackpool and Shrewsbury direct rail services to London approved [BBC News]
17/08/2014ScotRail and Virgin ‘trusted’ by passengers [Scotland on Sunday]
19/06/2014Virgin Trains to run west coast mainline until 2018 [Guardian]
13/06/2014Network Rail grants access rights to new WCML operator [IRJ]
17/01/2014InterCity East Coast franchise shortlist announced [Railway Gazette]
03/12/2013Railway changes to benefit passengers [Blackpool Gazette]
16/11/2013Direct Shrewsbury-to-London train services to restart [BBC News]
01/10/2013Richard Branson's Virgin Trains tops fares league with 210% increase in prices [Evening Standard]
20/08/2013FirstGroup faces challenges from rival ScotRail bidders []
07/06/2013Network Rail faces action over late and cancelled trains [BBC News]
30/05/2013Virgin Trains expands for Glasgow 2014 [BBC News]
22/05/2013Troubled FirstGroup announces rights issue as chairman Martin Gilbert steps down [Telegraph]
11/04/2013ScotRail passenger numbers hit record high [Scotsman]
07/12/2012ScotRail 'protected from West Coast fallout' [Railnews]
05/12/2012Virgin Trains to run West Coast Mainline for extra 23 months [BBC News]
08/11/2012FirstGroup shares plunge after freezing of dividend [Herald]
03/10/2012West Coast Main Line deal with FirstGroup scrapped [BBC News]
02/10/2012Virgin rival FirstGroup push forward with franchise [Evening Standard]
19/09/2012Government team in place to run West Coast Main Line [Telegraph]
15/09/2012ScotRail Customer Forum 25 September 2012 [Railscot]
03/09/2012Virgin action blocks train contract [PA]
30/08/2012Plans to transform railway station [Lancashire Evening Post]
28/08/2012Virgin Takes Legal Action Over Train Deal [Sky News]
26/08/2012Virgin Trains offers to run West Coast 'for free' [BBC News]
25/08/2012West coast rail petition calls for franchise to be reconsidered [Guardian]
22/08/2012Petition calls for Virgin to keep West Coast Mainline route [BBC News]
21/08/2012FirstGroup's £13bn West Coast rail bid faces probe by MPs [Telegraph]
15/08/2012Richard Branson attacks Government 'insanity' after Virgin Trains loses West Coast rail contract [Telegraph]
14/08/2012Rail franchise battle boils over as Virgin set to lose Manchester line to rivals FirstGroup in £7billion deal [Mancunian Matters]
16/07/2012FirstGroup vies with Virgin in west coast rail bidding war [The Guardian]
23/06/2012Trains disrupted by heavy flooding on West Coast main line [STV]
23/03/2012Virgin just the ticket but ScotRail lagging behind, say travellers [Scotsman]
14/03/2012Longer trains to boost Virgin Trains capacity []
29/10/2011Train firms blame thieves for lateness [Scotsman]
24/08/2011ScotRail announces £4m train fleet overhaul [BBC News]
05/10/2010Preston station improvement plans
12/05/2010Profits at FirstGroup fall by 19% [BBC News Article]
03/01/2010Virgin Trains staff begin strike [BBC News]
19/11/2009Virgin staff strike is called off [BBC News Article]
29/06/2009National Express turns down bid [BBC News]
27/05/2009Rise in on-time trains but Virgin complains of delay [Guardian]
03/11/2008First ScotRail Customers in Edinburgh area invited to give their views
15/05/2008ScotRail gives First platform for success [Evening News]
25/01/2008Virgin is best for customers [Evening News]
16/10/2007Virgin trains end on best punctuality
10/07/2007Virgin loses Cross Country rail [BBC News]
16/05/2007FirstGroup on track for a bumper year [Scotsman]
15/05/2007All change for train [Scotsman]
30/09/2006FirstGroup is motoring ahead [Scotsman]
22/09/2006Virgin train speed record attempt [BBC News]
21/09/2006Wireless web for Virgin trains [Scotsman]
31/05/2006Cornwall train link gets back on track [Scotsman]
18/05/2006ScotRail growth helps FirstGroup's profits rise despite hefty fuel costs [Scotsman]
28/02/2006Rail operator trumpets success after best month [Scotsman]
11/01/2006Fare response to rail strike [Scotsman]
13/12/2005FirstGroup makes tracks for £1bn after double win [Scotsman]
13/12/2005FirstGroup wins rail franchises [BBC News]
12/05/2005Initial impressions are good as ScotRail debut lifts FirstGroup [Scotsman]
08/05/2005Rail fare dodge crackdown puts First on track [Scotsman]
09/02/2005East Coast rail bid scrutinised [BBC News]
19/12/20042004: Year in review
04/11/2004First pledges to clean up Scotrail [Scotsman]
19/10/2004Disruption spoils First's ScotRail debut [Scotsman]
18/10/2004FirstGroup faces its toughest test [Scotsman]
18/10/2004FirstGroup franchise steams ahead [BBC News]
19/09/2004First plans text service for bus and train times [Scotsman]
19/09/2004Getting ScotRail back on track [Scotsman]
20/08/2004FirstGroup takes ScotRail franchise in £1.9bn deal [Scotsman]
20/08/2004FirstGroup lines up rail contract [BBC News]
29/06/2004First to appoint monitor as ScotRail concerns raised [Scotsman]
29/06/2004Watchdog fears rail switch will hit fares [Scotsman]
28/06/2004Watchdog agrees ScotRail merger [BBC News]
12/06/2004First wins fight to run ScotRail [Scotsman]
12/06/2004Rail franchise frontrunner named [BBC News]
12/06/2004FirstGroup wins franchise [Scotsman]
29/04/2004FirstGroup gets the go-ahead for ScotRail bid [Scotsman]
15/04/2004Bus and rail giant plans to site headquarters in city [Scotsman]
12/04/2004Ruling this week on FirstGroup's bid for ScotRail franchise [Scotsman]
01/10/2003New Pendolino train named 'City of Edinburgh'
07/01/2002Virgin Voyagers replace 158s
16/09/2000Polmadie Open Day