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14 Aug 3:18am

FirstGroup consortium to replace Virgin on west coast mainline

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It will take over intercity services on London-Glasgow railway route from December FirstGroup has been named the winner of the West Coast Partnership competition to run intercity trains, despite opposition from its own shareholders, fears over the financial viability of its other rail operations and legal action by rival bidders. The government announced that First, the majority partner in a joint venture with Italian state operator Trenitalia, will take over intercity services on the London-Glasgow line from December. The line, which links the capital with cities including Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool, has been run since privatisation by Virgin Rail.
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