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Business Comment: Issue 344 29 Aug 2008

Virgin’s competition protection deserves to be challenged for the good of the railway

Virgin West Coast is the only train operator which still enjoys that privatisation relic, Moderation of Competition protection, or put another way a guaranteed monopoly.  And what a guarantee it is. With the exception of a limited number of much slower London Midland services, Virgin has the nation’s premier rail route to itself. Not only are rival operators unable to serve pairs of stations which Virgin operates to, in some instances, they are unable even to run to stations in...

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