Virgin to run West Coast Mainline until 2017

Virgin train Photo: PA

The government has announced that Virgin will continue to run the West Coast rail franchise until 2017.

The rail group had lost out to FirstGroup to run the franchise but the deal was scrapped after serious mistakes made by civil servants in the bidding process came to light.

Virgin had reached an agreement with the Department for Transport to carry on until November 2014.

Under the new franchise timetable announced today, the Government said a new West Coast franchise would not start until April 2017