LONDON Feb 18 British transport company
FirstGroup said on Tuesday it had signed a deal with the
government to continue to run London's First Capital Connect
rail franchise for an additional six months ahead of a new bid
round for the link.
FirstGroup will now operate the rail service until Sept. 14.
From September, the First Capital Connect franchise will be
bundled with other rail links under the government's new 6.5
billion pound ($10.9 billion) Thameslink programme.
FirstGroup said it had already submitted a "compelling bid"
for the new bundled franchise which is called Thameslink,
Southern and Great Northern.