Figures reveal that fewer than half West Coast main line trains run on time
The government has announced that Virgin will continue to run the West Coast rail franchise until 2017.
A report out today claims taxpayers face a 'significant' bill following a government U-turn over who operates trains in our region.
Rail operator Virgin has been asked to continue running the troubled West Coast Main Line for another few months, the Government said today.
The temporary fix has been proposed by the Department for Transport after its embarrassing U-turn over the award of a new franchise earlier this month.
Virgin's current franchise is due to end on December 9 but talks are under way about it remaining as operator for between nine and 13 months while a competition is run for an interim franchise agreement.
Virgin Rail is in talks with the Government about running the West Coast Main Line for another few months, the Department of Transport said today.