BRIEF-Firstgroup says still preparing to run West Coast line from Dec.

LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Firstgroup PLC :

* Overall trading for the group during the first half of the year is in line

with our expectations

* UK bus division is expected to deliver like-for-like passenger revenue growth

of 2.5% in the period

* UK rail division like-for-like passenger revenue expected to increase by 8.1%

* Shortlisted for all three rail franchises currently out for tender.

* To prepare for a successful mobilisation on 9 December 2012 to operate

intercity west coast franchise

* Remains committed to its current policy of dividend growth of 7.0% through to

the end of the financial year 2012/13

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