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Virgin agrees West Coast franchise extension

Virgin Rail Group (VRG) has agreed an eight-month extension to the current West Coast rail franchise with the Department for Transport. The contract will now run until December 2012 in line with the DfT’s previously announced franchising timetable.

The agreement will see Virgin manage the introduction of three new 600-seat Pendolino trains during the course of the extension. This is in addition to the new Pendolino train which entered service in July of this year. A further 31 of the...

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