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First Group has unveiled plans to build a new depot for 106 buses at the Hythe in Colchester, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
12-Feb-2014


First Manchester has acquired the Finglands bus service in Manchester from East Yorkshire Motor Services, with the transfer of about 100 staff.
05-Aug-2013


First Group has sold five London bus depots to Metroline and three to Transit Systems Group, in deals worth £80m.
10-Apr-2013


First Group is to sell its Wigan-based coach operations to Stagecoach for £12m, including 120 buses and 300 staff.
01-Nov-2012


First Group is investing £160m in 1,000 new vehicles and £27m in ticketing technology, but more of its bus services will be sold off.
24-May-2012


First Group has sold its Northumberland Park bus depot in London to Go-Ahead for £14m, including 130 vehicles and 400 staff.
20-Mar-2012


First Group has submitted plans to set up a new £25m bus depot and headquarters at Cathcart Road in Glasgow, providing space for 450 buses.
06-Apr-2009


First Group is planning to set up a new bus depot for First Hampshire & Dorset at the 3.8-acre former Exel Logistics site on Empress Road in Southampton, in order to relocate from its current site in Portswood.
19-Sep-2007


First Group has agreed to acquire Chester City Transport, the operator of bus services in Chester with 84 vehicles, from Chester City Council.
20-Jun-2007


First Group is to acquire Laidlaw International, the US operator of Greyhound buses and school buses, for £1.8bn.
12-Feb-2007


First Group, the transport company, has confirmed plans to build a new global headquarters at its King Street depot in Aberdeen, and details will be unveiled in early 2007.
08-Dec-2006


First Group has won approval to set up a £10m global headquarters in Aberdeen, including a new depot for 400 bus drivers.
28-Oct-2005


First Group is to invest £29m in Glasgow's public transport over the next two years, including 220 new buses.
25-Jan-2005


First Group is to recruit 90 revenue protection staff in Strathclyde, in order to reduce fare dodging at its ScotRail franchise.
05-Nov-2004


First Group has submitted plans to set up a new £10m global headquarters and bus depot in Aberdeen, with the creation of more than 140 jobs.
11-Oct-2004


First Group is said to be planning to set up a new corporate headquarters in Aberdeen with the creation of 100 jobs, if it can obtain permission to redevelop its King Street bus depot for retail use.
16-Apr-2004


First Group and Keolis of France have secured an eight-year franchise to operate trains in the Trans-Pennine region, and about 200 jobs will be created in a £260m investment.
01-Aug-2003


First Group is looking to expand its transport business by winning UK rail franchises and acquiring small US school bus operators, and would also consider buying stakes in US railway company Amtrak and leading school bus operator Laidlaw.
05-Jun-2002


First Group has acquired Verona Bus Service of Wisconsin for about £4m, in order to expand its school bus business in the US.
02-Aug-2001


First Group is to invest £4m in the introduction of 100 US-style yellow school buses, and negotiations are taking place with four local authorities.
16-May-2001


First Group has bought Hertz Group, the Canadian school bus operator, for £11m.
21-Dec-2000


First Group has sold its New World First bus business in Hong Kong for £39m, as part of a strategy to focus on the UK and the US.
17-May-2000


First Group is investing £6m in 50 new buses to improve services in Bristol.
10-Feb-2000


First Group is acquiring Ryder Public Transportation Services, the US operator of school buses, for £603m, and similar acquisitions are expected to follow.
22-Jul-1999


First Group has acquired Bruce Transportation, the US school bus company, for £6.8m.
06-Jul-1999


First Group has acquired GAG, the operator of local bus services in Somerset, Dorset and Devon, in a £11m deal.
09-Apr-1999


First Group has acquired CCB Holdings, the owner of Capital Citybus and Walthamstow Citybus, for £14m, which will increase its share of the London bus market from 11% to 16%.
09-Jul-1998


First Group is buying the remaining 80% of the Mainline bus company in a £30m deal, in order to strengthen its position in the West Yorkshire market.
02-Jun-1998


First Group is acquiring Great Western Trains for £148m, a controversial move that will generate big profits for the former British Rail managers that bought Great Western.
07-Mar-1998