Virgin Trains faces end of the line after franchise bid shock

Sir Richard Branson
Virgin Trains, which operates the main London and Glasgow links between Liverpool and Manchester, could disappear from UK rail schedules, it has been claimed. The train operator's bid partner, Stagecoach, has been barred from three franchise bids after the Department for Transport (DfT) said the bids did not meet industry pension rules. Scottish transport group Stagecoach owns 49% of the Virgin trains business. The two partners, and French rail group SNCF, had submitted a joint bid to renew the West Coast fanchise starting ne... For the full story register now for free or login below...