Virgin secures West Coast extension

Virgin will continue to run train services on the West Coast Main Line temporarily after securing an extension.

Sir Richard Branson's company will remain in control of the line for between nine and 13 months before interim and long-term providers are decided upon.

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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.