Virgin says it'll run West Coast rail for free.

In a desperate attempt to hang on to his franchise Sir Richard Branson has today offered to run the West Coast Mainline "for free" so as to give Parliament time to review the £10bn franchise's award to FirstGroup.

More than 100,000 people have so far signed a petition calling for a review.

Its also enough signatures to trigger a Parliamentary debate.

Sir Richard Branson again claimed today that promises made by FirstGroup in its successful bid were unrealistic and would lead to his rival's "almost certain bankruptcy".

As reported here on tbg House of Commons Transport Committee Chairman Louise Ellman has written to Transport Secretary Justine Greening asking her to delay signing the contract.

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