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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Ed Miliband: considering taking railways back into public ownership

Our political correspondent Alison Mackenzie spoke to Ed Miliband today, following the Government's mix up over the awarding of the West Coast Main Line contract. He said he is open to considering taking the railways back into public ownership.

"I'm open to all kinds of solutions on the railways...but at the moment we've got to sort out the absolute fiasco of the West Coast Main Line franchise. I think David Cameron has got to get a grip on this...hundreds of millions of pounds possibly of tax payers money wasted...because the Government can't organise something as straightforward as a train franchise.

– Ed Miliband, Leader of the Opposition

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