Virgin awarded temporary West Coast rail line

Sir Richard Branson's rail company Virgin Trains will carry on running services on the West Coast Mainline for a further 23 months, it was announced today.

Virgin had been set to lose the West Coast franchise it has operated since 1997.

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Virgin runs West Coast to 2017

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