Plans for the future of the West Coast main line contract have been revealed
The Department of Transport has announced that Virgin trains will continue running the west Coast mainline for up to the next 13 months.
Scotland's Transport Minister will outline his concerns at Holyrood
It's been confirmed that Virgin will continue to operate the West Coast Main line. Their contract has been extended for a further two years and nine months.
The announcement follows on from a two year controversy surrounding who had the rights to operate the line. The governement had awarded it to First Group but "significant technical flaws" in the bidding process meant bidding had to be re-opened.
Mike Hewitson, Head of Policy for Passenger Focus, spoke to ITV's Ian Payne about the deal.
An MP is claiming that lessons haven't been learned from the Grayrigg train crash, which happened 7 years ago. The disaster killed one passenger and injured 86 others.
MP Tim Farron says that a review carried out after the crash in 2007 was a "missed opportunity" to look at the safety of the points on railway lines nationwide.
Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron says there should be a public inquiry into the Grayrigg train derailment.
Dhemar Johnson lives in Grayrigg and was one of the first on the scene with Kendal Mountain Rescue when a Virgin West Coast train left the track and fell down an embankment near the Cumbrian village.
Seven years ago today, On 23 Febryary 2007, a Virgin West Coast train left the track and fell down an embankment near the Cumbrian village of Grayrigg.
Kendal Mountain Rescue was one of the first on the scene. Eddie Harrison was the team leader that night.
The Grayrigg train disaster which killed one person and left several other passengers injured will be remembered.
Today marks seven years since the Virgin West Coast Pendolino Train derailed near the village of Grayrigg in Cumbria.
A points failure was blamed for the accident.
Condemnation has rained down on the Department for Transport which has admitted it made "completely unacceptable" mistakes over the handling of bidding for the West Coast Mainline franchise.
The Department for Transport admits that its staff made serious mistakes when awarding FirstGroup the franchise ahead of Virgin Trains. Put simply they didn't look properly at the financial risks associated with the bid.
Officials' have been suspended and the Secretary of State for Transport has apologised - as he scrapped the decision to award the contract ot First Group.
It's going to cost taxpayers at least £40million. The debacle has raised serious questions not only about THIS franchise but also those awarded in the recent past to companies operating on the East Coast Main Line.