VIRGIN NETS TWO YEAR RAIL DEAL; Branson Will Run West Coast until 2014

Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England), December 7, 2012 | Go to article overview

VIRGIN NETS TWO YEAR RAIL DEAL; Branson Will Run West Coast until 2014


Byline: ROB MERRICK

VIRGIN was controversially handed a fresh two-year contract to run the West Coast rail line - just hours before a report appeared to clear ministers of blame for the franchise fiasco.

The Transport Secretary sparked surprise by announcing Sir Richard Branson''s company would continue to operate Liverpool-to-London trains through to November 2014.

In October, Patrick McLoughlin said the deal would be for as little as nine months - before a quick-fire competition for an interim two-year franchise - apparently because of legal fears.

In the Commons, Maria Eagle, Labour''s transport spokeswoman and the Garston and Halewood MP, raised the prospect of a fresh legal challenge because of a two-year contract with no competition.

Labour had argued for 'Directly Operated Railways' - ' - the state-owned company that has run the East Coast Main Line for the last three years - to takeover the West Coast as well.

Indeed, the new timetable, putting a long-term franchise in place in late 2014, appeared designed to shut off any prospect of nationalisation, should Labour win the 2015 general election. s

But Mr McLoughlin told MPs: The terms we have negotiated with Virgin secure a continued service for passengers at the same levels they enjoy today - and in some cases better.

Today, the last of the 106 government-funded Pendolino carriages comes into service. That will allow more trains and longer trains on this vital route.

Meanwhile, Mr McLoughlin leapt gratefully on the conclusions of the Laidlaw inquiry into the shock decision to cancel the handing over of the line from Virgin to FirstGroup.

As expected, the report condemned the way the department for transport (Dft) ploughed on with the award of the franchise, despite flaws that were known as long ago as the start of 2012.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

VIRGIN NETS TWO YEAR RAIL DEAL; Branson Will Run West Coast until 2014
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.