FirstGroup has operated the Greater Western franchise since April 2006. The franchise includes a majority of train services running to and from London Paddington and was supposed to end in March 2013. However, owing to the Department for Transport’s refranchising schedule being in disarray, FirstGroup was directly awarded a succession of extensions to its franchise, which is now due to end in April 2020. FirstGroup also operates the TransPennine Express franchise, as well as the South Western Railway franchise in a joint venture with MTR Corporation.
• Do you use the First Great Western service regularly?
• Do you believe it should be returned to public hands as part of a re-unified national rail network run for people not profit?
• Then, why not start a campaign building up to the franchise end?
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