Firstgroup Buses

Firstgroup Buses

Firstgroup Buses

FirstGroup plc is the UK’s largest surface transportation company with a turnover of over  £6 billion, employing over 125,000 staff in Europe and North America.  First is Britain’s largest bus operator running more than one in five of all local bus services, and these currently carry some three million passengers per day in more than forty major towns and cities from Aberdeen to Penzance.  Services are also operated in Ireland and Germany.  Full details of First’s operations can be found at www.firstgroup.com.

First is also the UK’s largest train operator, with four passenger franchises: First Great Western, First Capital Connect, First TransPennine Express and First ScotRail.  First also owns Hull Trains, an “open access” operator.  Between them these companies operate one quarter of the UK passenger rail network with a balanced portfolio of intercity, commuter and regional services, and carry over 280 million passengers per year.  The Croydon Tramlink operated by First on behalf of Transport for London carries 28 million passengers per year.
First’s North American business is split into First Student (yellow school buses), First Transit (a contracting and management service), First Services (maintenance) and the famous Greyhound brand for long distance coaching.  These services are provided across Canada and North America.  First Student carries over four million passengers daily with a fleet of over 60,000 school buses.
First was formed in 1995 from the merger of the Badgerline Group plc based in Weston-super-Mare, and GRT Bus Group plc based in Aberdeen.  The new company was named FirstBus plc, this changing to FirstGroup plc in December 1997 to reflect the diversity of the business into rail and airport management.  The Group is now at the forefront of developments to create a new vision for bus services across the UK, and works closely with Government and local authorities to develop partnerships and sustainable transport policies.

FirstGroup plc is the UK’s largest surface transportation company with a turnover of over  £6 billion, employing over 125,000 staff in Europe and North America.  First is Britain’s largest bus operator running more than one in five of all local bus services, and these currently carry some three million passengers per day in more than forty major towns and cities from Aberdeen to Penzance.  Services are also operated in Ireland and Germany.  Full details of First’s operations can be found at www.firstgroup.com.

First is also the UK’s largest train operator, with four passenger franchises: First Great Western, First Capital Connect, First TransPennine Express and First ScotRail.  First also owns Hull Trains, an “open access” operator.  Between them these companies operate one quarter of the UK passenger rail network with a balanced portfolio of intercity, commuter and regional services, and carry over 280 million passengers per year.  The Croydon Tramlink operated by First on behalf of Transport for London carries 28 million passengers per year.

First’s North American business is split into First Student (yellow school buses), First Transit (a contracting and management service), First Services (maintenance) and the famous Greyhound brand for long distance coaching.  These services are provided across Canada and North America.  First Student carries over four million passengers daily with a fleet of over 60,000 school buses.

First was formed in 1995 from the merger of the Badgerline Group plc based in Weston-super-Mare, and GRT Bus Group plc based in Aberdeen.  The new company was named FirstBus plc, this changing to FirstGroup plc in December 1997 to reflect the diversity of the business into rail and airport management.  The Group is now at the forefront of developments to create a new vision for bus services across the UK, and works closely with Government and local authorities to develop partnerships and sustainable transport policies.

Each year the books are updated with the latest fleet data and vehicle allocations 

 


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Published in mid-March the 2014 First Bus Handbook includes all the fleet as at the end of February/early March 2014. First’s UK Bus operations have recently gone through a period of consolidation.  In 2013 the disposal of the London operations was completed with the sales to Tower Transit and Metroline.  The final London operations in Dagenham were taken over by Stagecoach later in the year.  First has now focussed its attention and investment on its operations outside London and 2014 sees the biggest single investment in new vehicles in the deregulated market yet. 

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The 2013 First Bus Handbook is now available and includes all the fleet as at the start of March 2013.

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Publsihed in February 2012 the book has on its cover the first vehicle to carry the new colours at Oldham. Allocations to February 2012.
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2011 First Bus Handbook is the latest editon of our highly respected fleetbook covering the FirstGroup. Allocations to February 2011.
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The 2010 First Bus handbook was published in April 2010.
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2009 FirstBus Handbook is updated to February 2009 and contains all the fleet details of pending deliveries.
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The 2008 First Bus Handbook is now published are availble from British Bus Publishing. A full and comprehensive list of the vehicle in the fleets to June 2008 including those in build.
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The 2007 First Bus handbook was publsihed in May 2007.
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The 2006 First Bus handbook contains data to May 2006.
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The 2005 First Bus handbook was published in May 2005.
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The 2004 FirstGroup Bus Handbook is a special edition of the Bus Handbook series which contains the various fleets of FirstGroup plc. The Bus Handbook series is published by British Bus Publishing, an independent publisher of quality books for the industry and bus enthusiasts. Published in June 2004, the allocations are for the spring of that year.
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2003 FirstBus Handbook was published in April 2003.
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The 2002 First Bus Handbook is a special edition of the Bus Handbook series which contains the various fleets of First plc.
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The 2001 edition of the First Bus Handbook reflects the fleet as at 1st April.
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FirstBus Handbook for 2000. Part of the annual series of bus books.
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In December 1997, together with the name change, the Group introduced a UK-wide corporate livery to identify their new high-specification buses
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Planned purchase of around 520 vehicles in 1997 included 257 Dennis Darts with Plaxton Pointer bodywork and 207 Mercedes-Benz Vario O814 minibuses with the then new Plaxton Beaver 2 body style. Some vehicles from Optare were also included with ten ‘Excel’ integral single-deck buses for Leicester and six MetroRider minibuses for PMT.
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At the time of the merger with Badgerline, GRT comprised the operations of Grampian Transport, Northampton Transport, Leicester CityBus which are primarily city based while Midland Bluebird, Lowland, Eastern Counties and SMT provide town, inter-urban and rural services. The Grampian Regional Transport name finally disappeared in March 1998 with the change of name to First Aberdeen.
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