There's further concern over the decision not to give Bombardier the contract to build trains for Thameslink

No sign of rethink over Bombardier bid

A rail magazine has reported that two of the three people suspended over the West Coast bid also worked on the Bombardier bid.

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Commuters give views on West Coast Mainline fiasco

The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced Virgin are to operate the West Coast Mainline until November 2014.

Virgin had been set to lose the West Coast contract which it has been operating since 1997 but the Government scrapped the bidding after faults by the Department for Transport were found with the bidding process.



Transport Secretary to appoint railway Director-General

Patrick McLoughlin will make made a statement to the House of Commons this morning.

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.

Virgin Trains offer compensation for long delays caused by Watford problems


Delayed by lines coming down at Watford last night? We compensate for delays over 1 hour, or 45 mins to West Mids ^JH


We also accept compensation claims by email, pls send a scan/photo of your tickets & jny details - ^JH

Virgin Trains are offering compensation to passengers affected by the problems caused by broken overhead power cables in Watford last night.

There were long delays for people travelling to the West Midlands after the power lines came down on the route into and out of London.


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