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19 мая, 14:52

Croydon tram driver filmed 'asleep at wheel' on same line as fatal crash

Inquiry launched after commuter’s footage appears to show driver asleep at controls six months after derailment killed sevenA tram driver has been suspended and an investigation launched after a passenger filmed him allegedly asleep at the controls, six months after seven passengers were killed in a crash on the same network.The film apparently shows the driver asleep in charge of a tram heading to Wimbledon that had stopped at lights in the centre of Croydon at rush hour on Wednesday morning. According to commuters, he remained asleep for several minutes before passengers woke him. Continue reading...

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01 апреля, 17:59

British rail is nationalised all over again – by foreign states

Overseas firms now provide half of all UK rail journeys. But could Brexit signal an end to overseas control?At Romford station, in the Essex centre of “taking back control”, there’s a choice of trains into London: those run by the Dutch, or those run by the Chinese. Anyone heading for nearby Basildon has to change at Upminster and pay a fare to the Italian firm that has been operating C2C since January.Welsh railways fell to German-owned Arriva long ago, while ScotRail is also in the hands of the Netherlands’ Abellio. The French, as part of Govia, own much of Britain’s biggest commuter franchises, including Southern Rail. Still, the news last week that South West Trains – serving destinations such as Weymouth and Windsor from Waterloo – would from August be operated by First MTR, partly owned by the Hong Kong government, marked a tipping point in Britain’s rail franchising. Continue reading...

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27 марта, 12:50

Stagecoach loses South West franchise to FirstGroup/MTR

New operator will replace old rolling stock on suburban services after August

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27 марта, 10:07

FirstGroup climbs 2.7% after winning South West rail franchise

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18 января, 13:14

Disability groups hail court's support for wheelchair user on bus

Bus drivers must now pressure passengers to make room in ruling described by Doug Paulley as ‘significant cultural change’ Disability rights campaigners have hailed a ruling by the supreme court that bus drivers must try to persuade other passengers to make room for wheelchair users.Drivers may stop the bus “with a view to pressurising or shaming recalcitrant non-wheelchair users to move” if they believe a refusal is unreasonable, the judgment declared. Continue reading...

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12 декабря 2016, 13:55

Croydon tram crash survivors sue TfL and FirstGroup

Several passengers involved in derailment at Sandilands, south London, seek compensation for injuries and traumaSurvivors of the Croydon tram crash are suing Transport for London (TfL) and First Group for compensation for injuries and trauma. Seven people were killed and 51 injured when a speeding tram derailed on a bend in south London in November. Continue reading...

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14 июня 2016, 20:22

Годовая доналоговая прибыль FirstGroup увеличилась на 7,3% г/г

Британский оператор общественного транспорта FirstGroup представил финансовые результаты за год, завершившийся 31 марта. Так, прибыль до уплаты налогов возросла на 7,3% г/г и составила 113,5 млн фунтов стерлингов ($165,1 млн) по сравнению с 105,8 млн фунтов годом ранее. Выручка, тем временем, оказалась на уровне 5,22 млрд фунтов по сравнению с 6,05 млрд фунтов годом ранее.

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14 июня 2016, 18:27

FirstGroup profit gets back on the rails

Transport group prepares to compete again on routes to Scotland

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14 июня 2016, 15:16

Годовая доналоговая прибыль FirstGroup увеличилась на 7,3% г/г

Британский оператор общественного транспорта FirstGroup представил финансовые результаты за год, завершившийся 31 марта. Так, прибыль до уплаты налогов возросла на 7,3% г/г и составила 113,5 млн фунтов стерлингов ($165,1 млн) по сравнению с 105,8 млн фунтов годом ранее. Выручка, тем временем, оказалась на уровне 5,22 млрд фунтов по сравнению с 6,05 млрд фунтов годом ранее.

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12 мая 2016, 15:15

FirstGroup pledges £25 East Coast fares

Office of Rail and Road sanctions competition on London to Edinburgh route in 10-year deal

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03 апреля 2016, 12:00

The train company that has ideas above its station | David Mitchell

‘Great Western Railway’ has been ordered by the ASA to take down its misleading posters. Now we should strip it of its misleading nameHow can a landlord expect to receive rent if the sanction for refusing to pay it isn’t eviction?A small good thing happened last week, but in a context of such stupidity and unfairness that it only brought home to me more strongly all that stupidity and unfairness, so I’d almost rather it hadn’t happened at all. The good thing was that the train operator “Great Western Railway”, which is owned by FirstGroup plc, was banned by the Advertising Standards Authority from putting up any more posters implying it’s publicly owned. Specifically, posters that read: “The railway belongs to the region it serves”. Continue reading...

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30 марта 2016, 02:01

Train operator's adverts banned for suggesting service owned by public

GWR ‘railway belongs to the region it serves’ campaign misleading, finds Advertising Standards AuthorityThe train operator Great Western Railway has been banned from running adverts that suggest its service is publicly owned.A poster campaign introducing the company formerly known as First Great Western when it rebranded last September stated: “The railway belongs to the region it serves.” Continue reading...

07 февраля 2016, 12:00

As growth falters, Osborne hopes Mark Carney can keep a lid on interest rates

The chancellor faces lower GDP and lower tax receipts as a result. So it’s vital that consumers’ desire to keep spending isn’t hit by a nasty shock from the BankGeorge Osborne might be running out of friends when next month’s budget arrives. Like every chancellor before him, he likes to distribute goodies to lift the spirits of his backbench colleagues. More than that, he will want to offset the worst effects of the Treasury’s austerity measures.This he did in spectacular fashion at last November’s autumn statement when higher GDP growth forecasts for the next five years allowed him to scrap planned cuts in tax credits. Continue reading...

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28 января 2016, 15:44

FirstGroup warns on profits after floods

Bad weather hit operations in northern UK while driver problems at US business pushed up costs

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09 декабря 2015, 19:49

FirstGroup awarded Transpennine contract

Seven-year deal helps transport operator put a difficult year behind it

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09 декабря 2015, 12:00

Northern powerhouse in £1.2bn rail boost

Arriva wins regional rail franchise, while FirstGroup retains Transpennine Express services

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09 декабря 2015, 11:09

Arriva and FirstGroup win Northern and TransPennine rail franchises

Transport secretary says the award will help the north realise its full economic potential and make a real difference to customersFleets of better, faster trains, thousands of extra seats and improved rail services across the north of England have been promised as the winners of two major rail franchises were announced.Smart ticketing will be introduced and free Wi-Fi will be rolled out by the end of the decade. German firm Arriva takes over the Northern franchise from April 2016 until 2025 – beating Dutch-owned rival Abellio – with a pledge to phase out the widely condemned Pacer trains that serve regional routes by 2018. FirstGroup will retain the TransPennine Express until 2023, although without its current partner, Keolis, from next April. Continue reading...

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12 ноября 2015, 11:07

FirstGroup hit by losing rail franchises

Transport group’s US bus business suffers as low oil prices make driving more affordable

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14 июля 2015, 17:17

FirstGroup: running to stand still

Improvements in US bus operations offset by loss of UK rail franchises

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14 июля 2015, 10:18

FirstGroup expects earnings hit on rail

US bus business affected by lower oil prices, which encouraged driving