FirstGroup has agreed with the Department for Transport two National Rail Contracts for the SWR and TPE train operating companies, with a primary term of two years.
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FirstGroup have successfully completed a trial of the ‘rail 5G’ gigabit track to train solution on the Isle of Wight, paving the way for full commercial deployment on Britain’s busiest railway. For Global Railway Review, Simon Holmes, FirstGroup’s Head of Engineering Digital Communications and Managing Director of Evo-rail (a FirstGroup…
FirstGroup has become the first transport operator in the UK to commit to setting such an ambitious net zero by 2050 or earlier emissions target.
The 'rail-5G' solution offers a unique opportunity to improve connectivity for rail infrastructure and customers, greatly enhancing the customer experience.
The agreement with DfT has outlined that FirstGroup will not be required pay a pre-existing franchise agreement termination sum for Avanti, but must pay a contribution of £33.2 million for SWR.
As part of its efforts to connect the UK's fragmented rail network and support operators through COVID-19, the UK government has begun the process to end railway franchising.
Engineering works at South Western Railway’s (SWR) flagship £60 million Feltham depot have entered the next major phase ahead of the Class 701 train roll-out.
The 'it's everyone's journey' campaign will work to raise awareness for passengers with disabilities and encourage better accessibility on public transport.
The contract will include a refresh programme and maintenance of 20 Bombardier Class 221 DEMU trains for the Avanti West Coast mainline services.
First Trenitalia has awarded British-based train manufacturer Hitachi Rail a contract worth more than £350 million to provide and maintain 23 new InterCity trains for Avanti West Coast services.
The new West Coast Partnership between FirstGroup and Trenitalia will bring a package of improvements for passengers, including new and refurbished trains, better stations and simplified fares.
FirstGroup and Trenitalia have unveiled that Avanti West Coast will be the name of the new InterCity West Coast rail franchise in the UK, heralding a new era of innovative high-speed rail services.
FirstGroup and Trenitalia have announced two new managing directors and confirmed the company's executive team for the West Coast Partnership rail franchise.
Taking over from Virgin, First Trenitalia will run services on the West Coast Main Line, with passengers set to benefit from more seats, extra services, simplified fares and station upgrades.
The news that FirstGroup has procured Hitachi’s latest AT300 125mph intercity electric trains confirms that the new high-speed service will be going ahead.