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News: FirstTrenitalia win West Coast Main Line contract

Travel from London to Glasgow will be provided by First Trenitalia from 8th December 2019

A partnership of First Group and Trenitalia has won the contract to provide the rail service along the West Coast Main Line from December 2019, after Virgin Trains were barred from bidding to retain the route due to pension disputes.


First Trenitalia will run trains along the West Coast route from London Euston to Glasgow Central until at least 2031, and will be ‘shadow operators’ of the HS2 high-speed rail service upon its completion. They will be replacing their diesel-powered fleet with more environmentally friendly trains, including 56 refurbished Pendolinos.


The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, released a statement saying that “This award is positive news for passengers, with more services, more direct connections and ambitious plans for a cleaner, greener railway, and also represents a decisive shift towards a new model for rail.”

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