Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin
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West Coast bid: Minister admits 'unacceptable mistakes'

Virgin Trains will be asked to continue to run services on the West Coast Mainline for at least another nine months after the latest decision on the route franchise was scrapped.

The decision to give FirstGroup the route from December was withdrawn over "technical flaws" in the bid process.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told MPs the regrettable outcome was caused by "unacceptable mistakes".

  • 15 Oct 2012
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