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

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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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.