West Coast Main Line

Branson's West Coast Mainline Is Back On Track

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK

Virgin Trains today promised to increase capacity on the West Coast mainline after it secured a deal to continue running the franchise until March 201...

That's An Expensive Rail Fare!

PA | Posted 26.02.2013 | UK

Civil servant failures over the West Coast rail contract will cost taxpayers "at least £50 million", a report by MPs said today. There was a lack ...

Is A Deal With Virgin Over West Coast Mainline Near?

Charlie Thomas | Posted 05.12.2012 | UK

Transport group Stagecoach delivered a 39% rise in half-year profits thanks to continued strong growth in its regional bus division. Chief executiv...

Charlie Thomas

FirstGroup Shareholders The Latest To Suffer From West Coast Flawed Bidding Fiasco

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 07.11.2012 | UK

Transport giant FirstGroup has been forced to freeze its dividend because of the uncertainty caused by the botched attempt to win the West Coast mainl...

West Coast Rail Line Bid Process 'Flawed'

PA | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK Politics

An accumulation of "significant errors" by the Department for Transport (DfT) resulted in a "flawed" West Coast rail franchise process, MPs were told ...

Whoever Gets the West Coast Mainline, Driving Will Still be Cheaper (Unless You Live in Birmingham)

Sean O'Meara | Posted 07.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sean O'Meara

We have an outrageously expensive rail network in the UK. Regardless of which franchisee operates the West Coast Mainline, this is unlikely to change any time soon. In fact, unless you are lucky enough to be able to book in advance, it's often cheaper to take the car.

Justine Greening, Theresa Villiers And Patrick McLoughlin Under Pressure Over Costly West Coast Mistake

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 04.10.2012 | UK Politics

Three cabinet ministers are braced for a potentially career-ending game of whodunnit following the revelation that the Department for Transport botche...

Labour MP: 'Civil Servants Need To Up Their Game'

PA | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Politics

A senior MP has demanded sweeping changes to the civil service amid the West Coast main line rail fiasco. On Thursday, Labour MP Margaret Hodge, wh...

Three DfT Officials Suspended Over West Coast Rail 'Fiasco'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK Politics

Three Department for Transport officials involved in the now-scrapped West Coast rail franchise competition have been suspended, the department said t...

Why Won't Transport Secretary Say Sorry To Branson?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK Politics

Patrick McLoughlin, the transport secretary, has refused to say sorry publicly to Sir Richard Branson for the £40m West Coast Mainline "fiasco" which...

West Coast Mainline Bid 'Still Live'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 03.09.2012 | UK

Legal action by Virgin Rail has prevented the government signing a contract awarding a major franchise to a rival bidder, MPs were told. Rail minis...

Labour Urges Government To Delay Virgin Trains Decision

PA | Posted 27.08.2012 | UK

Labour is urging the Government to delay signing a new West Coast Mainline contract so MPs have a chance to fully scrutinise the deal. Maria Eagle,...

Virgin Rail Loses West Coast Franchise

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.08.2012 | UK

Sir Richard Branson has blasted the Department of Transport for its "insanity" in awarding the West Coast Main Line that his Virgin Rail company has b...

Virgin Rail To Lose West Coast Franchise

P | Posted 14.08.2012 | UK

Sir Richard Branson's train company is set to lose its West Coast main line rail franchise in a government decision which will spark a storm of protes...