October 2, 2012 / 6:10 AM / 5 years ago

BRIEF-Firstgroup says still preparing to run West Coast line from Dec.

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LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Firstgroup PLC : * Overall trading for the group during the first half of the year is in line

with our expectations * UK bus division is expected to deliver like-for-like passenger revenue growth

of 2.5% in the period * UK rail division like-for-like passenger revenue expected to increase by 8.1% * Shortlisted for all three rail franchises currently out for tender. * To prepare for a successful mobilisation on 9 December 2012 to operate

intercity west coast franchise * Remains committed to its current policy of dividend growth of 7.0% through to

the end of the financial year 2012/13

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