LONDON (Reuters) - British transport company FirstGroup
FirstGroup will now operate the rail service until September 14.
From September, the First Capital Connect franchise will be bundled with other rail links under the government's new 6.5 billion pound ($10.9 billion) Thameslink programme.
FirstGroup said it had already submitted a "compelling bid" for the new bundled franchise which is called Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern.
($1 = 0.5983 British pounds)
(Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Kate Holton)