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.
An MP has told ITV Central that at least one of the three civil servants who were suspended over the West Coast trains bid also worked on the bid which Derby train maker Bombardier lost.
The allegations were made in a rail magazine but tonight the Department for Transport was unable to confirm or deny this categorically.
A rail magazine has reported that two of the three people suspended over the West Coast bid also worked on the Bombardier bid.Read the full story ›
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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.
Sir Richard Branson has offered to run the West Coast Main Line for free, to allow Parliament decision to decide the fate of the service.Read the full story ›
Mounting pressure on the Transport Secretary to delay the signing of the West Coast rail franchise.Read the full story ›