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Labour calls for delay over West Coast Mainline franchise

Labour is urging ministers to delay signing a new West Coast Mainline contract until Parliament returns.

The party says MPs must have the chance to consider the decision to take the franchise from Virgin Trains and give it to FirstGroup for the next 13 years.

FirstGroup says it will bring in key improvements for passengers but critics fear it will not be able to afford the £5.5bn it is paying for the franchise.

Ben Wright reports.

  • 27 Aug 2012
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