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The competition to run trains on the West Coast Main Line has been cancelled following the discovery of significant technical flaws in the way the franchise process was conducted, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced.
The decision means the Department for Transport (DfT) will no longer be awarding a franchise contract to run the West Coast service when the current franchise expires in December.
FirstGroup was due to take over the running of the London to Scotland line after being awarded the contract by the DfT in August, but Virgin Rail, which currently runs the service, launched a High Court challenge against the decision
Legal action by Virgin Rail has stopped the Government signing a contract awarding the West Coast Mainline franchise, which runs through Cumbria and Dumfries and Galloway, to a rival bidder.
MPs were told by the Rail Minister, the Government would "robustly" defend the case following the decision to award the contract to FirstGroup.
Theresa Villiers told MPs in a written statement "As a result of a legal challenge, which the Government intends to defend robustly, we have not yet signed the contract with First West Coast, and consequently the competition remains live"
The rail line in West Cumbria that was blocked after a train derailment has been re-opened. The accident happened when bad weather caused a landslide on the Cumbrian coastal line, close to Nethertown station. There is a speed restriction around the area, which could cause minor delays.
An 18-year-old man has died after he came off his 125 cc scooter in the Scottish Borders.
It happened at about 11:35 am on Saturday on a road between Ayton to Reston.
The man died at the scene.
The A591 is closed in both directions between the Pye Lane junction in Grasmere and the B5322 Back Lane junction in Legburthwaite, due to flooding and collapsed wall.
The Environment Agency has flood alerts in place for the Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt and Esk, and also for the Upper Derwent from Seathwaite to Derwent Water. This means more flooding is possible but not imminent.
The overnight floods in the Egremont area are causing a minor delay of 10 minutes on the A595 southbound down the Cumbrian coast.
They have already caused serious problems overnight: a train derailed at 7:20am near Nethertown because of a landslide, and high floodwaters in Beckermet have left a bridge unstable in the middle of the village; Morass Road is still closed.
A595 in both directions blocked due to flooding around Hardgates Road.
A591 closed in both directions due to flooding and fallen wall between Pye Lane (Grasmere) and B5322 Back Lane (Legburthwaite)
The A7 is closed in the Scottish Borders because of flooding.
Police are warning of heavy traffic in the area.The flooding is between between B6362 Townfoot / Station Road at Stow and Buckholm Mill Brae at Galashiels. Police are directing traffic.