West Coast franchise up for grabs, again.



In what seems like a right old shambles, the Department of Transport last night issued a statement confirming that the franchise for the West Coast Mainline will be re-run.

It followed concern at the awarding of the franchise to the First Group from Virgin.

First Group offered to pay considerably more money for the franchise which Virgin claimed it could not afford.

Manchester MP Tim Farron welcomed the decision.

+UPDATE+ 17:50 - David Camerons' former communications & P.R expert the infamous Steve Hilton has also waded into the West Coast debacle.