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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Centrica boss to chair West Coast inquiry

Sam Laidlaw, Centrica's boss, will complete the initial review into what went wrong in the bid by the end of October, with the full report released by the end of November.

The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said other franchises that have been "paused" should be restarted ASAP, but that can't be until after December.

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