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.

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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.