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TSSA calls for franchise inquiry after West Coast fiasco
The TSSA rail union today called for an independent inquiry into private rail franchises after the DfT scrapped its decision to award the West Coast line to First Group.Manuel Cortes, union general secretary, said: "This fiasco shows that the whole bidding process for private franchises is not...
West Coast Main Line deal with FirstGroup scrapped
 3 October 2012 Last updated at 02:42From: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19809717.West Coast Main Line deal with FirstGroup scrapped Virgin Trains has run the West Coast Main Line for 15 years but lost the franchise to FirstGroup Continue reading the main story The decision to award the...
Lisa Marshall: Rail franchise transfer has safeguards for staff
   Lisa Marshall: Rail franchise transfer has safeguards for staff  Published on Thursday 13 September 2012 00:00from: http://www.scotsman.com/news/lisa-marshall-rail-franchise-transfer-has-safeguards-for-staff-1-2522387THE government decision to replace Virgin Trains with...
Govt admit First Group Bid " riskier" !
 FirstGroup bid for West Coast rail franchise 'riskier', admits GovernmentThe Government has admitted for the first time that FirstGroup’s contentious £13.3bn bid for the West Coast Main Line was riskier than a rival offer by Virgin Rail but insisted it still represented better...
Rail Franchise System Flawed, says Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson
 The rail franchise system is flawed, says Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson  Peter Woodman Monday 10 September 2012  from: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-rail-franchise-system-is-flawed-says-virgin-boss-sir-richard-branson-8122124.htmlSir Richard told MPs...
West Coast deal halted with 11th hour challenge
 Richard Branson halts West Coast railway deal with dramatic 11th-hour legal challengePUBLISHED: 01:22, 4 September 2012 | UPDATED: 08:52, 4 September 2012  The controversial West Coast railway deal was dramatically halted last night following a legal challenge by Virgin boss Sir...
Greening rail decision considered "unlawful"
 Greening rail decision 'unlawful' 0 0 434Thursday, 30 August 2012Virgin Rail has accused Transport Secretary Justine Greening of acting "unlawfully", "irrationally" and against EU law by awarding the £13.3 billion contract for the West Coast main line to rivals FirstGroup....
West Coast Main Line deal will go ahead, Greening says
The BBC Reports...........Transport Secretary Justine Greening says there will be no delay in signing a new West Coast Main Line contract, despite pressure to review it.Mrs Greening said the government would "push on" with the 13-year contract with FirstGroup, which was a "good deal for...
FirstGroup warns against rail franchise delay in Branson row
Sir Richard Branson's hopes of clinging on to the west coast rail franchise are fading as the government prepares to formally strip Virgin Trains of the London-Glasgow route.The Department for Transport has rejected Branson's offer to run the franchise for free if it delays its decision...
FirstGroup's £13bn West Coast rail bid faces probe by MPs
From the Telegraph ............................Both the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and the Transport Committee are likely to scrutinise the bid in the face of figures showing it is not until March 2022 that FirstGroup’s winning offer returns substantially higher payments to the...

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