Virgin lose west Coast Main Line franchise

Virgin Rail has lost the battle to continue running the West Coast Main Line. The Government today announced that the fight to take over a new 13-year West Coast franchise had been won by the transport company FirstGroup.

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Can FirstGroup deliver on West Coast promises?

A First service passes a Virgin Pendolino train in Glasgow Central Station. Credit: Martin Keene/PA Archive

Can it really be done? FirstGroup, already a big train operator, have swiped the UK's most profitable train line from Virgin. They will pay an eye watering £5.5 billion for the privilege.

Even that is a very big promise to keep but as well as forking out the cash they have come up with a whole shopping list of other commitments.

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