Great Western mainline contest put back

THE competition to run the Great Western mainline has been delayed after significant technical flaws were found in another bid.

Virgin Trains boss Sir Richard Branson challenged the outcome of the West Coast mainline competition after the right to run the route’s trains from December was awarded by the Government to First Group rather than his company, which has operated the route since 1996.

Now the Department for Transport has confirmed there were flaws with the way the franchise bid was conducted and has halted all other competitions pending an independent review, including for the franchise running through Oxfordshire which runs out next year.

Four companies are currently bidding to run the Great Western mainline. They are Stagecoach, National Express, Arriva, a subsidiary of the German state rail company Deutsche Bahn, and First Group, which currently runs the franchise.

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10:54am Thu 4 Oct 12

Patrick in Devon says...

Time to bring back British Rail?
Time to bring back British Rail? Patrick in Devon
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4:26pm Thu 4 Oct 12

paul from Kennington says...

Patrick in Devon wrote:
Time to bring back British Rail?
Time to bring back British Rail fares, FGW return to Paddington £54 is just robbery.
[quote][p][bold]Patrick in Devon[/bold] wrote: Time to bring back British Rail?[/p][/quote]Time to bring back British Rail fares, FGW return to Paddington £54 is just robbery. paul from Kennington
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11:08pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Fantomas says...

Yes British rail... There's a name we can all associate with efficiency, economy and value for money. It's a shame Jimmy Saville is dead. I'm sure they could have used a celebrity familiar with the brand who everyone can trust...

(satire)
Yes British rail... There's a name we can all associate with efficiency, economy and value for money. It's a shame Jimmy Saville is dead. I'm sure they could have used a celebrity familiar with the brand who everyone can trust... (satire) Fantomas
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