Thameslink and Greater Western franchises awarded to First

Department for Transport statement announcing the award of the Thameslink Great Northern and Greater Western franchises to FirstGroup plc. The contracts are for up to nine and 10 years respectively, from 1 April 2006. Substantial premium payments are to be made by First although the statement does not disclose any time profile information.

Competition Commission inquiries into the unsuccessful bids will now be cancelled. First's bid for Thameslink Great Northern was cleared by the OFT. The Competition Commission inquiry into First's bid for Greater Western is due to conclude in March 2006.

For further information or advice please contact Franck Latrémolière.

Filed under DfT, Public transport.

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