About FirstGroup and MTR

Improving South Western Railway

South Western Railway is a joint venture between FirstGroup and MTR Europe, two of the world’s leading train companies. With about 235 million passenger journeys a year, the South Western franchise covers urban, suburban, regional and long-distance routes between London Waterloo and south western England, including Bristol, Exeter and Portsmouth. South Western Railway has some of the busiest routes in the country, operating nearly 1,700 services each weekday.

Read about our plan for improvements. 

About FirstGroup

FirstGroup is one of the biggest public transport providers in the world. We’re the only train company in the UK to run every sort of railway – long distance, regional, commuter and sleeper operations – and carried 130 million passengers in the UK in 2016/17.

Worldwide, over the last year, around 2.4 billion people relied on us to get to work, to school or college, to visit family and friends and much more. We continuously improve our performance by sharing best practice and the breadth of our global expertise for the benefit of our local markets.

Our vision is simple: in our increasingly congested world, we help to keep people moving and communities prospering.

Visit FirstGroup to find out more. 

About MTR

MTR Corporation is recognised as one of the world’s leading railway operators for safety, reliability, customer service and cost efficiency. Originating from Hong Kong with busy metro services, we’ve operated in the UK for a number of years, running the London Overground network from 2007 until 2016. During our tenure London Overground had one of the highest right-time punctuality rates in the UK, and large expansion works were completed. In 2015 the business was re-accredited by Investors in People (IiP) and was also awarded 5-star EFQM accreditation for excellence.

Visit MTR Europe to find out more.