Richard Branson: Great news for Virgin Trains

Founder of Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson has taken to Twitter to welcome the "great news" of Virgin Trains securing an extension deal to its West Coast Main Line franchise.

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Great news @virgintrains customers & staff: new DfT deal will mean free wifi, 1000s more seats, new direct services http://t.co/QQT0lfwfG5

Under the extension deal, West Coast services will continue until March 2017 and a number of "improvements" including increased capacity, new services and "superfast Wifi" will be unveiled.

Read: Virgin Trains plan new services under extension deal

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Virgin Trains secures extension to West Coast mainline deal

Virgin Trains promised to increase capacity on the West Coast mainline after it secured a deal to continue running the franchise until March 2017.