FirstGroup bids take on Virgin Trains east coast mainline

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.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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