Firms steam in for ScotRail bids
Five major companies have been shortlisted to bid for the ScotRail franchise which is due to be renewed in April 2015.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said Abellio, Arriva, FirstGroup, MTR and National Express had passed the pre-qualification stage of the process.
Aberdeen-based First ScotRail, which has run the existing £2.5billion franchise since 2008, provides passenger train services across the country.
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