Campaign against Great Western Railway (FirstGroup)

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 June 2028. FirstGroup also operates the TransPennine Express franchise, as well as the South Western Railway franchise in a joint venture with MTR Corporation and the Avanti West Coast franchise in partnership with Trenitalia.

• 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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Existing Campaigns / Groups:

Bike Reservations on Trains – the beginning of the end

Great Western Trains Kicked My Cat

Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways

GWR Trains / Worst Late Western