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.
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West Coast Partnership
Logistics UK has highlighted that the opportunity for freight via released capacity from HS2 is substantial and should be taken advantage of.
In an interview with Global Railway Review, Richard Scott, Partnerships and Strategy Director for the West Coast Partnership, explains what Avanti West Coast will focus on, going forward, to deliver a better passenger experience.
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.