Traffic problems caused by a major city centre fire and increased congestion on the streets of Inverness have contributed to a sharp fall in profits for the Highland capital’s local bus service operator.
Question marks are once again hanging over the management of intercity rail services from Aberdeen and Inverness to London after it emerged the current operator is involved in talks about its “contractual rights and obligations”.
Aberdeen-based transport giant FirstGroup has joined forces with Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation in support of its bid to run one of the UK’s busiest rail networks.
FirstGroup has upset a rival Scottish transport giant with plans to compete with Virgin Trains on part of the east coast mainline rail route.
Scottish transport giants FirstGroup and Stagecoach Group are going head to head in the battle for a key rail franchise in England.
The successful bidder for east coast intercity rail services promised new trains, faster journey times, better connections and better value fares.
East coast intercity franchise bidder Stagecoach Group said yesterday it was confident about the future of its rail business.