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You have been telling us what you think of the decision to allow Virgin Trains to carry on running services on the West Coast Main Line for a further 23 months:
- Steve Smith: "Well done Virgin. I'm glad, it's the best company for the job. Keep going for long I say. Well done Richard."
- Alan Lowndes: "Doesn't matter who is running it. As soon as we get a light dusting of snow, all services will be cancelled."
- Marple Mills: "Welcomed and they should never have taken it away."
- Dave Carty: "I don't think it matters who runs it to be honest."
The Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls told Sky News that the Government's handling of the West Coast Main Line has been "such a shambles".
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced the temporary deal, which will see Virgin carry on with the London to Scotland route until November 9, 2014.
After this time the West Coast Main Line will be let under a long-term franchise.
Virgin Rail will run the West Coast Main Line for a further 23 months, the Government announced.
The immediate future of a main London to Scotland rail route - thrown into doubt following a botched franchise process - is likely to become clearer later today.
The Government is expected to announce that Sir Richard Branson's train company, Virgin Rail, can for a time carry on running trains on the West Coast Main Line.
It is believed Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin could also publish the independent report he commissioned when he was forced to scrap the West Coast franchise bidding process.
Sir Richard Branson has denied claims from the Transport Secretary Justine Greening that he only raised concerns over the West Coast main line rail franchise after Virgin lost the bid.
In a letter to the Financial Times, Sir Richard wrote:
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Remember the Virgin Trains mess? Later an official report into what went wrong will be made public.