Great Western Holdings

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Great Western Holdings[1] was formed in December 1994 to bid for rail franchises in the United Kingdom during the Privatisation of British Rail. Shares in the company were held by Richard George, Brian Scott and some other British Rail managers (51%), FirstBus (24.5%) and 3i (24.5%).[2][3]

Great Western Holdings bid for a number of rail franchises winning the Great Western and the Regional Railways North West franchises in 1996 and 1997.[4][5][6]

In March 1998, FirstGroup bought out it partners to give it 100% ownership.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 2996875 Great Western Holdings Limited
  2. ^ The passenger train The Guardian 20 September 1997
  3. ^ Railway Organisations Research Paper 99/80 House of Commons Library 20 September 1999
  4. ^ No Headline The Independent 31 January 1997
  5. ^ Railway Organisations Research Paper 99/80 House of Commons Library 20 September 1999
  6. ^ "Great Western set to win North West franchise" Rail issue 298 12 February 1997 page 7
  7. ^ Rail bosses cash in on privatised gravy train The Independent 7 March 1998
  8. ^ FirstGroup Annual Report 31 March 1999