Virgin confirms it is planning to bid for the East Coast line franchise.
A former Astronomer Royal has described a Birmingham entrepreneur as a 'born promoter'.
Matthew Boulton, who was born in 1728 and died in 1809, is to be honoured in Westminster Abbey with a memorial.
He is best known for producing top of the range steam engines in the eighteenth century.
– Sir Arnold Wolfendale, Former Astronomer Royal
Boulton was a born promoter and has lessons for us today - it is not only scientists and engineers who are important in introducing new technology, but men such as Boulton too.
The Dean of Westminster made the decision to honour Boulton at Westminster Abbey alongside those of more than 300 other people who were not buried there. His name will be memorialised there.
– Dr John Hall, Westminster dean
We are delighted that Matthew Boulton's major contribution to British and world history will finally be recognised with this new memorial.
An 18th century Birmingham-born entrepreneur who helped lay the foundations for Britain's Industrial Revolution is to be honoured by a memorial in Westminster Abbey.
Matthew Boulton is best known for producing state of the art steam engines in the eighteenth century.
He died in 1809.
The final sleeper has been laid by a team of volunteers in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, who have dedicated their Saturdays for the last five years to rebuilding the old railway line between Swithland Sidings and Bond Lane in Mountsorrel.
The mile and a quarter length of track has been connects with the Great Central Railway and will be used by heritage steam engines.
Below are photos showing what the area looked like before and after the track was laid.
It is the end of a long line of hard work for a team of volunteers in Mountsorrel in Leicestershire. They have dedicated their Saturdays for the last five years to rebuilding the old railway line between Swithland Sidings and Bond Lane in Mountsorrel.
The mile and a quarter length of track has been hand laid sleeper by sleeper by a team from all walks of life ranging from 13 to 77 years old. The track connects with the Great Central Railway and will be used by heritage steam engines.
The final sleeper will be laid today.
The government's transport secretary has said that his department is taking "swift action" regarding the controversy surrounding the West Coast rail franchise.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:
"The NAO has made a number of recommendations that mirror many of the findings of the Laidlaw Inquiry in terms of the work we need to do to strengthen our organisation and the structures within it.
"We are already taking swift action on this front and I believe the plans we are putting in place to ensure future franchise competitions are conducted on the basis of sound planning, the rigorous identification and oversight of risk, will prevent a repeat of these lamentable failures."
The suspensions of three Department for Transport officials following the scrapping of the West Coast franchise bidding have been lifted, the department said.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin today announced the appointment of a Director-General with "responsibility for all rail policy and franchising."
"We will ensure that we have the right mix of professional skills inside the department and, where necessary, from professional external advisers," he added.
Mr McLoughlin made the announcement after confirming that Virgin Trains would continue to run the West Coast mainline until at least 2014.