Rail industry press briefing 2013-45

13th December 2013

  • Virgin reduces stake in East Coast bid company
  • FirstGroup announces new chairman
  • First Great Western to introduce WiFi
In this issue:

This week

A pay deal has been announced which means for the first time in four years there will not be a Boxing Day strike by Tube drivers. [BBC News]

The Government is “squandering” an opportunity to make public transport more accessible to disabled people after MPs’ recommendations on improvements were “effectively ignored”, campaigners have said. [The Independent]FirstGroup has appointed John McFarlane as chairman, ending a six-month search and as it looks to make progress with its turnround. [Financial Times]Virgin Group has insisted it remains committed to its rail joint venture with Stagecoach on West Coast mainline, despite plans to sharply cut its stake in a new joint bid vehicle for the competition to run the East Coast rail franchise. [Financial Times]The final study into a rail service between Edinburgh and Berwick-Upon-Tweed has been submitted to the minister for transport. [BBC News]First Great Western (FGW) is to roll out free Wi-Fi across its fleet of HST trains by the end of 2014, the operator has announced. [Global Rail News]