British Virgin Trains ended 22 years of service on December 7, 2019. Subsequently, it announced that it would hand over the railway operation rights to Avanti West Coast, a venture capital company established by the British First Group and the Italian company Trenitalia. From December 8, Avanti West Coast will provide service on the West Coast Rail Line. Its franchise runs until 2031, operated jointly by First Group (70% holding) and Italy’s state railway company Trenitalia (30% holding). According to the introduction of the two shareholders FirstGroup and Trenitalia, the new operating company name Avanti, which means 'forward' in Italian, reflects progress and the drive to move forward. After Avanti took over the service, it launches a new brand LOGO, and paints the train body green and white, replacing the original color of Virgin Trains.
Avanti West Coast Main Line
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