Welcome to the West Coast Partnership

The West Coast Partnership is a joint venture between FirstGroup and Trenitalia to run existing intercity services on the West Coast Main Line and deliver future high-speed services.

We were set up in December 2019 and our partnership is split at 70% FirstGroup and 30% Trenitalia. Both companies boast many years of running successful railways between them– with each possessing the individual know-how of running every type of passenger rail service.

We will use the experiences of FirstGroup in UK rail and Trenitalia's in Italian high-speed rail to be a trusted and flexible partner for the Department for Transport and HS2 Ltd. Our partnership is comprised of two businesses: Avanti West Coast – who run the existing high-speed services on the West Coast Mainline, and West Coast Partnership Development – who are the shadow operator for future high-speed train services.

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