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Virgin Trains Retain West Coast Contract

Following tough negotiations, Virgin Trains have won the new West Coast rail franchise contract.
The deal will run for another two years and nine months until 2017, with an option for an extra one year extension.

The new contract will see Virgin invest a further GBP35 million to update rolling stock and provide an extra 5,500 standard class seats per day. The increase in seats will be made possible by converting coach G on 21 Virgin trains from first to standard class. Virgin has also announced it will offer ‘superfast’ free Wi-Fi on all 76 Pendolino and Super Voyager trains.

There will also be new direct services between Shrewsbury, Blackpool and London from December 2014.

The new West Coast contract comes into force on 22nd June 2014.

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