FIRSTGROUP AND TRENITALIA WELCOME CONFIRMATION OF WEST COAST PARTNERSHIP AWARD.(First Group)

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Further to the announcement on 14 August 2019, FirstGroup plc and Trenitalia UK Ltd are pleased to announce that the Department for Transport yesterday (28 August 2019) formally signed the new West Coast Partnership agreement with our 70:30 joint venture First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Limited, following the customary ‘standstill period’ of at least ten days. As with other UK rail franchise awards, a ‘phase one review’ of the award will also be carried out by the Competition and Markets Authority. The new Partnership will operate from 8 December 2019.For more information on our plans for the West Coast Partnership, please visit www.westcoastrail.co.uk