The West Coast Partnership starts on Sunday 8th December 2019. Our new franchise will run existing intercity services on the West Coast Main Line and deliver high speed rail services on High Speed 2.

This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring Britain's largest cities closer together. In partnership FirstGroup and Trenitalia will provide exceptional customer service as standard for our customers.

We'll be delivering a better travel experience, more services, simpler ticketing and sustainable intercity travel. See more about our exciting plans here

Over the coming weeks and months, we'll keep you updated on how the new franchise will work and look – including revealing a new name and brand.

FirstGroup and Trenitalia have many years of running railways between them. We have set up new rail services and taken on services from other operators. Between us, we run every type of passenger rail service.

Trenitalia brings direct experience of planning and launching high speed rail services. First has deep commercial understanding of the UK rail market as well as expertise in launching new fleets and upgraded timetables. We will deploy FirstGroup’s extensive UK rail experience and Trenitalia's unrivalled experience in high speed rail in Italy to be a trusted and flexible partner for the Department for Transport and HS2 Ltd.

Please note: any rail tickets purchased from Virgin Trains before 8th December 2019 for travel after this date are valid for travel with the same terms and conditions