Joint venture to take over West Coast mainline

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A joint venture between FirstGroup and Trenitalia has won the bidding competition to operate services on the West Coast Mainline from December of this year. As part of the deal the joint venture will also operate the long awaited HS2 service from the spring of 2026. The UK’s busiest rail route connects London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow. Virgin Rail is currently running the majority of services on the route but was barred from bidding for the new franchise. The Government is claiming the announcement i... You can carry on reading for free, but you have reached the maximum number of pages an unregistered user can view. To register for an account, click here or login below...