Virgin Rail have lost a bid to continue running the West Coast Mainline. The service will be replaced by FirstGroup.

The company, under the name of First West Coast Limited will take over the franchise in December and operate it till 2026. They have said they will  ‘offer substantial improvements in the quality and frequency of services’.

Sir Richard Branson announced he was very disappointed at Virgin’s loss.

Find out about the promised service improvements on BBC News.

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