Branson disappointed over losing West Coast Main Line rail franchise

Sir Richard Branson with train
Sir Richard Branson promoting Virgin Rail services Credit: PA

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.

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Virgin lose west Coast Main Line franchise

Virgin Rail has lost the battle to continue running the West Coast Main Line. The Government today announced that the fight to take over a new 13-year West Coast franchise had been won by the transport company FirstGroup.