Virgin to run West Coast line

Rail operator Virgin has been asked to continue running the West Coast Main Line for another 9-13 months. The Government's temporary fix comes after its u-turn over the award of a new franchise to First Great Western earlier this month.

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Passengers 'will see no impact' of Main Line mistakes

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP told the House of Commons that Virgin will continue to run the West Coast Main Line for the next nine to thirteen months. He said passengers would "see no impact" of the mistakes made by the Government.

"I am committed to ensuring passengers see no impact as the result of these mistakes. [...] Clearly we need to learn the lessons from the two reviews and will need to run a new competition for the West Coast franchise"

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'Untenable' for West Coast Main Line bid to go ahead

by - Former Business Editor

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told the House of Commons it would be "untenable" for the West Coast Line contract to have gone ahead, but there has been no suggestion any bidders did anything wrong.

Interesting, he's full of praise for First Group, and says this mess should have no influence on future bids or how they run their contracts.

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Labour attacks Government handling of West Coast bidding

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InterCity West Coast passengers face the prospect of three different operators in three years thanks to the Government's franchise fiasco.

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To provide long term stability for passengers & staff, Govt's not for private profit rail company should have taken over the ICWC service.

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Transport Secretary is mishandling this rail crisis. He must rethink his decision to ask DfT Board members to run the 'independent' inquiry.

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