West Coast mainline deal with FirstGroup is scrapped

CMK Train Station
CMK Train Station

The Government has called off a proposed decision to award the West Coast mainline contract, which run the London to Birmingham service via Milton Keynes, to FirstGroup.

FirstGroup, set to run under the name First West Coast Ltd, was set to take over the franchise from December 9 with a contract torun the service until 2026.

Reviews have now been ordered into ‘perceived mistakes’ in the bidding process which will start again.

Virgin Trains had already mounted a legal challenge into the decision after it lost the contract.