First Trenitalia has won the contract to run rail services on the West Coast Main Line.

Aberdeen-based firm First Group and Trenitalia UK, a subsidiary that is ultimatley owned by the Italian government, will run the service as a 70-30 joint venture.

The Department of Transport said the partnership First Trenitalia will begin running services from 8 December 2019 until 2031.

The West Coast Main Line runs from London to Glasgow through Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

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