Virgin runs West Coast to 2017

The West Coast Mainline will be run by Virgin Trains until at least 2017, it's been announced.

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Transport Secretary apologises for 'very serious' flaws in West Coast fiasco

The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has appeared before MPs enquiring into the 'shambles' of the West Coast mainline rail franchise.

He repeated his apology for the 'very serious' flaws in the process which led to it being scrapped last month.

A senior official appearing alongside him denied there was evidence of' bias' in the department against Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group.

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Update expected today on West Coast rail fiasco

Virgin trains are running the West Coast line on a provisional basis Credit: ITV Central

The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will update MPs later today on the West Coast rail franchise fiasco.

The department was forced to scrap the deal with First Group when it was discovered that civil servants had made "unacceptable mistakes" during the tendering process. Virgin trains are running the line on a provisional basis.

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