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Taxpayers' £50m West Coast bill

Taxpayers will face a "significant" bill of around £50m over the West Coast rail franchise fiasco, the Government's spending watchdog has warned.

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Branson: Rail deal 'perfect early Christmas present'

Sir Richard Branson said he was "delighted" that Virgin Trains had secured the West Coast Main Line for a further 23-months. Credit: PA Wire

He said: "It has been a long journey to get to this point, but we won’t be resting on our laurels and intend to keep improving services for our loyal customers."

On Twitter he said the deal was "reward for hard work and bravery of the team".

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