Virgin to control West Coast until November 2014

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced the temporary deal, which will see Virgin carry on with the London to Scotland route until November 9, 2014.

After this time the West Coast Main Line will be let under a long-term franchise.

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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.