First Welcomes Award of ScotRail Franchise
11 June 2004
FirstGroup plc today welcomed the announcement that the company is preferred bidder to run the ScotRail franchise.
Chief Executive Moir Lockhead said: “This is terrific news for us and our new customers. We were the only Scottish company to be short-listed and are very proud to be given the opportunity to run Scotland’s railways.
“We already have an excellent track record for improving train services and look forward to doing the same in Scotland where we are a major bus operator and are confident we can bring real integration benefits for passengers.
“We have comprehensive plans to develop Scotland’s rail service and a real enthusiasm to get started. This is very encouraging for us as a company.“
Dean Finch, Commercial Director 01793 499412
Mike Mitchell, Corporate Communications Director 020 7291 0504
Stuart Bugg, Public Affairs Manager 020 7291 0514