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West Coast Mainline delays

Rail passengers are experiencing delays of up to 25 minutes on journeys between Carlisle and Lancaster this morning.

Virgin Trains and TransPennine Express are having to run at reduced speeds on the line between Oxenholme Lake District and Penrith North Lakes.

Disruption is expected until 12pm today.

West Coast Main line will stay with Virgin

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.

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