On Sunday 08.12.2019 Avanti West Coast, owned by FirstGroup (70%) and Trenitalia (30%), will start its operations on the West Coast Main Line, taking over from Virgin Trains. FirstGroup and Trenitalia won the tender for the InterCity West Coast (ICWC) franchise which covers the long-distance services between London Euston, the West Midlands, North Wales, Manchester, Liverpool, and Scotland, in late 2017. This week it was announced that 23 new intercity trains from Hitachi Rail have been ordered.
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