Virgin Chief 'delighted' with West Coast deal

I'm delighted that we have an agreement with the DfT that gives us the chance to continue providing high-quality services to our customers.

We have had great support from staff and customers in recent months and we will repay that loyalty with even better service.

We will not be sitting back in the coming months, but are keen to introduce more improvements to the service.

– Virgin Rail Group chief executive Tony Collins

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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.