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FirstGroup - D
FirstGroup Former Operating Companies
FirstGroup Bus and Coach
FirstGroup Canada
  • Greyhound Canada (intercity bus services).
  • Grey Goose Bus Lines.
  • Vancouver Island Coach Lines.
  • Voyageur Colonial Bus Lines.
  • First Student (school, charter bus and public transit services).
  • HandyDART Contract to TransLink (British Columbia) for accessible transit service in Metro Vancouver.
FirstGroup Germany
  • FirstGroup Rhein-Neckar sold September 2011 to Marwyn European Transport
FirstGroup Hong Kong
  • New World First Bus 26% stake sold May 2000 to New World Development
FirstGroup United Kingdom
  • First Chester & The Wirral sold to Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire in January 2013.
  • First Northampton ceased 14 September 2013.
  • First Scotland East (formerly First SMT, First Borders and First Midland Bluebird) sold to McGills in September 2022.
  • First London from March 1997 until September 2013, most operations sold to Go-Ahead London, Metroline and Tower Transit, remainder ceased upon expiry of contracts in September 2013.
  • Greyhound UK coach services between September 2009 and December 2015.
  • First Borders (formerly Lowland Scottish and part of the wider First Scotland East group) sold to West Coast Motors, trading as Borders Buses, on 26 March 2017.
  • First Southampton (also known as First Cityred) ceased trading on 18 February 2023.
FirstGroup United States
  • Greyhound Lines (intercity bus services).
  • BoltBus (a discount operator competing with Megabus).
  • First Student, a school transport provider.
  • First Transit, a city and county public transport provider.
  • First Vehicle Services, which maintained vehicles for many corporations, organizations and local governments, including the other First divisions.
FirstGroup Rail
FirstGroup United Kingdom
  • First Great Eastern from January 1997 until April 2004, incorporated into Greater Anglia franchise subsequently operated by National Express as One.
  • First North Western from March 1997 until December 2004, operations split between Arriva Trains Wales, First TransPennine Express and Northern Rail.
  • First GBRf from August 2003 until sold in June 2010 to Eurotunnel Group, rebranded as GB Railfreight.
  • First Capital Connect from April 2006 until September 2014, succeeded by Govia Thameslink Railway.
  • First ScotRail from October 2004 until March 2015, succeeded by Abellio ScotRail & Caledonian Sleeper.
  • First TransPennine Express (55% shareholding) from February 2004 until March 2016, succeeded by TransPennine Express with FirstGroup having 100% ownership.
  • TransPennine Express from April 2016 until May 2023. Replaced at end of contract by government-owned TransPennine Trains.
FirstGroup United States
  • A-train, Denton County Transportation Authority commenced October 2016.
FirstGroup Denmark and Sweden
  • DSBFirst was a joint rail venture with Danish State Railways (30% shareholding) until 2013
FirstGroup Overview
FirstGroup Type: Public
FirstGroup Traded As:
FTSE 250 component
FirstGroup Industry: Transport
FirstGroup Founded: 1 April 1995
FirstGroup Headquarters: Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
FirstGroup Area Served: United Kingdom
Republic of Ireland
FirstGroup Key People: David Martin
(Interim Executive Chairman)
Graham Sutherland
(Chief Executive)
FirstGroup Products: Bus, coach, rail & tram
FirstGroup Revenue Increase: £4,591.1 million (2022)
FirstGroup Operating Income: Decrease £122.8 million (2022)
FirstGroup Net Income: Increase £642.0 million (2022)
FirstGroup Number of Employees: 53,323 (2022)
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