Virgin secures West Coast Mainline extension

Virgin will continue to run train services on the West Coast Main Line, which runs services from Holyhead to Euston, temporarily after securing an extension.

Sir Richard Branson's company will remain in control of the line for between nine and 13 months before interim and long-term providers are decided upon.

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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.