Figures reveal that fewer than half West Coast main line trains run on timeRead the full story ›
A Government minister and his department boss are due to face a grilling from MPs over the fiasco surrounding the West Coast rail franchise.Read the full story ›
Rail operator Virgin has been asked to continue running the troubled West Coast Main Line for another few months.Read the full story ›
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.
The Government is about to give an 18-month contract to Virgin to carry on running services on the West Coast Main Line.Read the full story ›
Rail campaigners will stage protests today to press for the renationalisation of the West Coast Main LineRead the full story ›
The Department for Transport has many serious questions to answer about what went wrong with the West Coast Main Line franchise competition and the wider ramifications for the other complex contractual negotiations it is involved in, such as the Thameslink rolling stock procurement.
I have written to the Secretary of State to find out more about the reviews he has ordered, the staff who have been suspended and the reporting lines to ministers ahead of the hearing we will hold on October 31.
Sir Richard Branson has been invited to put his case for retaining Virgin Trains' West Coast main line franchise to MPs.Read the full story ›