The government has announced Virgin Trains will run the West Coast Mainline for a further 23 months – hours before a report into the collapse of the line’s franchise deal is published.
First Group was initially told it had won the franchise deal, but the tendering process was halted because the Department for Transport made numerical mistakes.
This temporary deal means Virgin will run trains until 9 November 2014.
The government said the Department for Transport would be able to shorten the 23-month period “by up to six months if a subsequent franchise can be let on a shorter timescale”.
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