Sir Richard Branson yesterday offered to run the West Coast Main Line "for free" for a period of time, to enable MPs to scrutinise the successful bid from rivals, FirstGroup.
Sir Richard Branson yesterday offered to run the West Coast Main Line \"for free\" for a period of time, to enable MPs to scrutinise the successful bid from rivals, FirstGroup.
LAST-DITCH EFFORT: Sir Richard Branson said Virgin Trains would operate the key route on a not-for-profit basis if the handover date had to be extended. Picture: David Cheskin/PA
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The entrepreneur's latest proposal, published after the Department for Transport (DfT) had insisted the new £10 billion franchise deal would be signed tomorrow, came as the online petition to retain Virgin as operator of the Glasgow-to-London route reached 125,000 names.
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