Virgin currently runs trains on the West Coast main line
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West Coast Main Line rail franchise deal scrapped

Sir Richard Branson has declared the franchise bidding process for the West Coast Main Line a "fiasco", after the government scrapped a decision to award FirstGroup the route.

Branson's Virgin Trains currently runs services on the line, but FirstGroup was scheduled to take over in just a few months.

Three Department for Transport civil servants have been suspended after it emerged there had been "technical flaws" in the competition process.

Richard Westcott reports.

  • 03 Oct 2012