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.
Remember the Virgin Trains mess? Later an official report into what went wrong will be made public.
The Government has been forced to admit the profitable West Coast Main Line contract has yet to be signed, thanks to a legal bid by Virgin.