Can it really be done? FirstGroup, already a big train operator, have swiped the UK's most profitable train line from Virgin. They will pay an eye watering £5.5 billion for the privilege.
Branson threatens to walk away from the rail industry after Virgin lost its West Coast franchise to rival transport company First Group.Read the full story ›
Sir Richard Branson said he was "extremely disappointed" with the decision, the franchise system was "flawed" and it was "extremely unlikely" that Virgin would bid again for a franchise.
The Governmement has announced that First Group will take over the running of the West Coast main line from December.Read the full story ›
British Transport Police are investigating after a person died after apparently being hit by a train.
The West Coast Mainline is suspended after the collision near Chorley in Lancashire.
Buses are taking passengers between Preston and Wigan North Western.