Branson attends hearing over West Coast Mainline row

Sir Richard Branson will attend a Transport Committee hearing over the decision to award the West Coast Mainline rail franchise to rival company, First Group.

Virgin Trains have held the contract, which operates the services from Holyhead to Euston,15 years.

Last week he launched a legal challenge to prompt a review into the decision.

Since Branson's court challenge, Government Ministers had to admit to MPs that they have not yet been able to sign the contract with First Group.

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West Coast mainline row

The Labour Party is calling on the Government not to sign off the new contract for the West Coast mainline franchise, which includes the route from Holyhead to Euston, until MPs have been able to scrutinise it in detail.