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Virgin Trains will continue to run services on the West Cost Main Line for up to 13 months while the Government reviews the flawed bidding process.

The decision to award the West Coast Main Line contract to FirstGroup has been ditched following the "discovery of significant technical flaws" in the way the franchise process was carried out.

The Government has not signed the contract to hand over the West Coast Main Line franchise to FirstGroup because of a legal challenge by Virgin Group.

Sir Richard Branson has revealed that Virgin Trains has started court proceedings in regards to the decision to award the West Coast Main Line franchise to FirstGroup.

Sir Richard Branson is “extremely disappointed” with the Government’s decision to award the West Coast Main Line franchise to FirstGroup.

Transport operator FirstGroup has revealed it is giving up its First Great Western rail contract, which runs train services between London, the west of England and South Wales.

National Express says has rejected a takeover approach from its rival FirstGroup.

FirstGroup has confirmed it made a preliminary approach, but the company rejected the offer.

First's bid comes as National Express attempts to change the terms of its East Coast franchise agreement with the Department for Transport.

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