The Government is today expected to announce who will temporarily operate the West Coast Mainline after the franchise deal with First Group collapsed.
It is widely predicted that Virgin will continue to operate the Line on an 18 month "pay as you go" contract.
The franchise was awarded to First Group, despite Virgin running the route for 15 years. But it was then withdrawn on October 3 after "significant flaws" were discovered during a judicial review into the decision, launched by Sir Richard Branson. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said "unacceptable mistakes" were made by the Department for Transport and three civil servants were suspended.
After the U-turn, Virgin Trains commented:
First Group released a statement saying:
The U-turn was followed by calls to review other recent decisions by the Department for Transport, including HS2 - the planned high speed railway between Birmingham and London - and the contract for Thameslink, awarded to Siemens rather than Derby-based Bombardier.