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The French could be running more of Britain’s transport network after state transport group Keolis/Eurostar was named one of three shortlisted bidders for the reprivatisation of the East Coast franchise.

First's StreetCar to hit the road next year

FirstGroup announced yesterday what it believes is a radical concept in public transport - the "StreetCar".

The Interview: Moir Lockhead, Chief Executive, Firstgroup

From bus mechanic to the driving seat

First grabs ScotRail off National Express

A row erupted yesterday after the bus and rail operator FirstGroup was awarded the ScotRail franchise, which covers all commuter and regional train services north of the border.

FirstGroup is just the ticket in US

Strong Caffè Nero stays on the boil; Better to sell Maiden after first-half loss

FirstGroup may spend pounds 1bn to replace GWR high-speed trains

FIRSTGROUP, one of the two rail companies involved in the Paddington crash, may replace its entire fleet of high-speed trains on the Great Western line in a move which analysts believe could cost pounds 500m to pounds 1bn.

Go-Ahead threatens to abandon Thameslink

THE BUS and rail group Go-Ahead warned yesterday that it would not invest further in Thameslink, one of the most overcrowded rail lines in the country, unless its franchise was extended substantially.

Outlook: Ticket to ride

SUDDENLY AMERICA'S freeways have become clogged with British bus companies scrambling to buy up a slice of the action. National Express was actually there first, albeit in a small way, with the purchase of some modestly-sized school bus operators.

National Express buys US school bus firm

NATIONAL EXPRESS yesterday became America's third-biggest school bus player by buying its fourth-largest operator for pounds 109m. Purchase of the Texas-based Durham Transportation makes a total fleet of 5,600 vehicles transporting 115 million pupils a year.
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