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FirstGroup - Articles and news items

FirstGroup signs its first U.S. commuter rail contract in Texas

Rail industry news / 22 July 2016 /

FirstGroup has signed its first commuter rail contract in the United States for the operation and maintenance of a commuter rail service linking Denton and Dallas counties in Texas.

FirstGroup/MTR joint venture to bid for South Western franchise

Rail industry news / 16 June 2016 /

MTR Corporation is to join FirstGroup in a joint venture partnership to bid for the South Western rail franchise…

The continual success of Hull Trains

Railway Extra, Z Homepage promo / 5 May 2016 /

First Hull Trains explains how it has remained one of the UK’s top operators for reliability and passenger service resulting in a ten-year track access contract until 2029…

95 AT300 Inter-City rail carriages ordered for TransPennine Express

Rail industry news / 1 April 2016 /

Hitachi Rail Europe has revelled it will supply 95 AT300 ‘Inter City’ trains to TransPennine Express as part of FirstGroup’s TransPennine Express new franchise investment plan.

New Northern and TransPennine Express rail franchises begin

Rail industry news / 1 April 2016 /

Two new rail franchises have commenced in the North of England with an investment of over £1.2bn planned for Northern and TransPennine Express.

FirstGroup reveal plans for a new London-Edinburgh rail service

Rail industry news / 12 June 2015 /

Transport operator FrstGroup has unveiled plans for a new rail service between London, North East England and Edinburgh reducing the current average fare by half.

Hitachi Rail Europe named preferred supplier for new First Great Western franchise

Rail industry news / 23 March 2015 /

FirstGroup has announced Hitachi Rail Europe is the preferred supplier to provide a fleet of AT300 trains for the new First Great Western franchise.

First Great Western franchise extended

Rail industry news / 23 March 2015 /

FirstGroup have signed an agreement with the Department of Transport to continue operating the First Great Western franchise until 1 April 2019.

FirstGroup continues TransPennine Express franchise

Rail industry news / 20 March 2015 /

An agreement has been signed to today between FirstGroup and the Department for Transport to operate First TransPennine Express for a further year.

FirstGroup announces plans for new low fare service between London and Edinburgh

Rail industry news / 10 March 2015 /

FirstGroup, one of the leading transport operators in the UK and North America, has announced plans for a new low fare service between London and Edinburgh.

FirstGroup shortlisted for TransPennine Express franchise competition

Rail industry news / 19 August 2014 /

FirstGroup has been shortlisted for the TransPennine Express franchise competition by the Department for Transport…

FirstGroup weathers the storm with PageOne’s SMS messaging solution

Rail industry news / 26 February 2014 /

Targeted SMS messages helps travel operator cope with 200% surge in demand…

 

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