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Virgin to run West Coast Mainline into 2013

Virgin to run West Coast Mainline into 2013

15 October 2012 Rail & Coach News

The department for transport has confirmed it will negotiate with Virgin Rail Group for them to continue providing rail services on the West Coast Main Line for a temporary period. The current franchise is due to expire on December 9th after which it is the government’s intention that Virgin remain as operator for a short period.

West Coast franchise race remains ‘live’ following Virgin challenge

West Coast franchise race remains ‘live’ following Virgin challenge

4 September 2012 Rail & Coach News

UK transport minister Theresa Villiers has been forced to postpone the signing of a new franchise agreement on the West Coast Mainline following a legal challenge from Virgin Trains. The department for transport had announced it intended to award the InterCity West Coast franchise to First West Coast, a subsidiary of First Group, on August 15th.

FirstGroup’s criticism of West Coast Performance

FirstGroup’s criticism of West Coast Performance

3 September 2012 Press Release Rail & Coach News

Tim O’Toole, CEO of FirstGroup, has publicly criticised Virgin Trains’ performance citing the Public Performance Measure (PPM), which measures the number of trains arriving on time, as evidence to support his claims that FirstGroup would operate West Coast better.