FirstGroup makes list of promises after winning West Coast franchise

After winning the West Coast franchise from Virgin Rail, FirstGroup have made a long list of promises, here are some of them:

  • 11 new 125mph trains.
  • 12,000 more seats per day.
  • Improved journey time - 15 minutes quicker - between London and Glasgow.
  • New direct service from London to Blackpool, Telford, Shrewsbury and Bolton.
  • No job cuts to train staff or drivers.

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