Names removed from independent report into rail franchise fiasco

An independent report into the West Coast Rail franchise fiasco was changed by the Department of Transport before it was published.

MPs have been hearing evidence about how the bid to run the line through the Midlands collapsed.

Virgin Trains lost the Government contract to rivals FirstGroup in August, but the deal was scrapped after Ministers admitted there were flaws in the bidding process.

Today it's been revealed that names of civil servants involved were removed from a report published earlier this month.

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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.