FirstGroup beats Virgin Rail to West Coast franchise
15th August 2012
TRANSPORT business FirstGroup has ousted Virgin Rail as operator of the important West Coast Mainline rail service.Confirmation of the appointment was made in an announcement by the Department for Transport this morning.It is thought FirstGroup may have outbid Sir Richard Branson’s company by around £1bn but there are now concerns that the successful tender for the 14-year contract, which starts in December, could lead to hundreds of job cuts as the new franchisee looks to fund service changes.The announcement made lit......for the full story register now for free or login below...
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