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Freight haulier enters commercial passenger market

  14.12.2009    

First GBRf, the UK’s leading freight haulier, has won its first contract to provide regular timetabled passenger services, just six months after the company won its Passenger License. 
The service, which starts on 14 December 2009, will run between Taunton and Cardiff for First Great Western (FGW).  
First GBRf is providing locomotives, coaches and train crew for the FGW service, which is expected to continue until the end of July 2010. 
As part of the contract, First GBRf has formed a partnership with Virgin Trains to supply Class 57 locomotives, and Riviera Trains will supply especially refreshed rolling stock. Weekend servicing will be provided by Arriva Trains Wales at its Cardiff Canton depot.  
West Somerset Railway will provide overnight servicing and berthing facilities at its station in Bishops Lydeard, just a few miles from Taunton, which will provide a robust start to the service.  
Neil Crossland, Commercial Director, First GBRf said: “We are delighted to be awarded this service. Since taking the strategic decision to obtain a Passenger License we have operated a select number of Charter services to gain experience. We see this as our first big step and look to develop new and exciting partnerships in the near future”. 
 


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