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Seven weekends with no trains

Virgin train at Manchester Piccadilly station  A deal allowing Virgin to continue running trains on the West Coast Main Line has been confirmed this morning. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is also expected to publish the independent report he commissioned when he was forced to scrap the West Coast franchise bidding process.   Virgin has run the line since 1997, but in August the Department for Transport (DfT) announced that a new 13-year West Coast franchise had been awarded to rival transport company FirstGroup. It was only after Sir Richard, who had branded the bidding process ��insane�

Virgin train at Manchester Piccadilly station A deal allowing Virgin to continue running trains on the West Coast Main Line has been confirmed this morning. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is also expected to publish the independent report he commissioned when he was forced to scrap the West Coast franchise bidding process. Virgin has run the line since 1997, but in August the Department for Transport (DfT) announced that a new 13-year West Coast franchise had been awarded to rival transport company FirstGroup. It was only after Sir Richard, who had branded the bidding process ��insane�", mounted a legal challenge to the decision that Mr McLoughlin scrapped the bidding process, saying there had been mistakes by the DfT.

LONG-TERM plans to improve rail services in Lancaster will cause passenger misery in April and May.

Trains will not run through Lancaster for seven weekends during these months, with some Friday afternoon and Monday morning services also affected.

Network Rail is about to start an £8.6m project to improve speed and efficiency through Lancaster.

Currently, northbound trains can only call at platform three at Lancaster railway station, but engineers will start work at the end 
of February to upgrade existing tracks and signalling, enabling trains from both directions to stop at platform four, as well as platform five if necessary.

The works will run until June, and there will be a number of closures throughout April and May.

A spokesman for Network Rail said the closures were necessary to allow the work to be carried out safely and efficiently and .alternative travel arrangements will be provided.

 

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