Author of West Coast report to give evidence today

Virgin is expected to continue to run the line for a further 12 months Credit: Matt Dunham/AP/Press Association Images

The author of the report into the government's handling of the West Coast Main Line franchise contract is due to give evidence today.

Ministers had initially awarded the contract to FirstGroup, but the deal was scrapped after significant technical flaws were found in the bidding process.

Virgin is expected to continue to run the line for a further 12 months in the meantime.

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