After 15 years Sir Richard Branson's company has lost the West Coast Mainline franchise. The Government announced this morning the FirstGroup will take over the running of the London to Scotland route.
The Rail Union RMT said it will mount a massive campaign to defend jobs and services. They will ballot for industrial action claiming FirstGroup won the InterCity franchise from Virgin on the basis of 20% cuts across the board and a billion pound black hole.
Craig Johnston from the RMT UNion spoke to ITV's correspondent John Bevir, he was critical of the news.
However, the Department of Transport claimed the decision would improve the service for customers.
Carlisle's MP John Stevenson welcomes the announcement and says he'd like to see improvements in many areas.