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FirstGroup rebuffs Sandell push for break-up
 FirstGroup rebuffs Sandell push for break-upBoard says proposals from US activist investor "not compelling" with "a number of structural flaws and inaccuracies"Sandell Asset Management holds 3.1pc stake in Firstgroup Photo: Alamy By Ben Martin9:01AM GMT 11 Dec 2013 from:...
FirstGroup rail franchises extended
 FirstGroup rail franchises extendedStockMarketWire.com at: http://www.moneyam.com/action/news/showArticle?id=4561856Three FirstGroup rail franchises - First Capital Connect, First Great Western and First TransPennine Express - will continue beyond their end dates.The extensions were...
Virgin Trains to run West Coast Mainline for extra 23 months
From the BBCThe government has announced Virgin Trains will run the West Coast Mainline for a further 23 months - hours before a report into the collapse of the line's franchise deal is published.An inquiry has examined why the £5bn deal collapsed in October.First Group was initially told...
Fall in profits for First Great Western owner FirstGroup
 Fall in profits for First Great Western owner FirstGroup By Rhodri Evans Nov 7 2012THE company behind First Great Western has posted a 42% fall in its underlying profits, after earnings at its rail division fell by more than a third. Half-year figures to September 30 released...
ATOC reponds to the Transport Secretary's statement on the West Coast Mainline franchise
Responding to the Transport Secretary’s statement to the Commons on the Intercity West Coast franchise, a spokesperson for the Association of Train Operating Companies said:  “This provides passengers and the rail industry with a way forward for the Intercity West Coast...
TSSA calls for franchise inquiry after West Coast fiasco
The TSSA rail union today called for an independent inquiry into private rail franchises after the DfT scrapped its decision to award the West Coast line to First Group.Manuel Cortes, union general secretary, said: "This fiasco shows that the whole bidding process for private franchises is not...
West Coast Main Line deal with FirstGroup scrapped
 3 October 2012 Last updated at 02:42From: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19809717.West Coast Main Line deal with FirstGroup scrapped Virgin Trains has run the West Coast Main Line for 15 years but lost the franchise to FirstGroup Continue reading the main story The decision to award the...
Pupils 'adopt' Plockton railway after litter complaints
From the BBC ................ Pupils attending Plockton High School have "adopted" the station Schoolchildren have taken responsibility for keeping a railway station tidy after complaints about some pupils dropping litter.Train services are used by youngsters living in surrounding areas to...
Govt admit First Group Bid " riskier" !
 FirstGroup bid for West Coast rail franchise 'riskier', admits GovernmentThe Government has admitted for the first time that FirstGroup’s contentious £13.3bn bid for the West Coast Main Line was riskier than a rival offer by Virgin Rail but insisted it still represented better...
West Coast deal halted with 11th hour challenge
 Richard Branson halts West Coast railway deal with dramatic 11th-hour legal challengePUBLISHED: 01:22, 4 September 2012 | UPDATED: 08:52, 4 September 2012  The controversial West Coast railway deal was dramatically halted last night following a legal challenge by Virgin boss Sir...

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