Rail expert backs Virgin extension after West Coast fiasco

George Muir, a rail expert, has told me it would have been "batty" not to extend the Virgin franchise for now.

He said the West Coast fiasco is down to two things: a botched policy of having fixed price 15-year franchises and bad organisation within the Department for Transport.


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.