FirstGroup bids take on Virgin Trains east coast mainline
First planning low-fare, one-class service to compete with budget airlines as well as Stagecoach-operated Virgin venture but will need to convince rail regulator
FirstGroup is bidding to run competing trains on the east coast mainline, barely a week after its rival Virgin Trains started operating the franchise on that route.
First has submitted plans to the rail regulator for a low-fare, open-access service, which it claims would compete with the budget airline market between London, Newcastle and Edinburgh – although Stagecoach, which operates Virgin Trains East Coast, said First’s plans were “not compatible” with its own.
Source: Guardian Transport