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Virgin Rail Group lost commercially – First Group

Wednesday August 29th, 2012

First Group have commented on legal proceedings started up by Virgin Trains Ltd in respect of the award decision of the West Coast Main Line franchise.

The Group said that they have every confidence in the Department of Transport’s (DfT) process which is rigorous, detailed and fair and in which bids are thoroughly tested.

Also, First Group said that there had been no complaint regarding the process and that Virgin Rail Group had lost commercially.

The winner of the InterCity West Coast franchise highlighted the reasons for the contract win as being: faster journeys; new trains; more seats and more direct services from London than currently on offer. There will also be improved WiFi, better catering, refurbished stations and Standard Anytime Fares will be reduced by 15% on average within the first two years.

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