The InterCity West Coast franchise has been operated by Virgin Trains since March 1997. The franchise, which includes long-distance services operating on the West Coast Main Line, was intended to run for twenty years but has been extended – without competition – by the Department for Transport. Virgin Trains is 49% owned by Stagecoach Group. Virgin and Stagecoach also jointly operated the InterCity East Coast franchise until their operation failed in 2018. Stagecoach Group also operates the East Midlands Trains franchise.
• Do you use the Virgin Trains service regularly?
• Do you believe it should be returned to public hands as part of a re-unified national rail network run for people not profit?
• Then, why not start a campaign building up to the franchise end in November 2016?
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Existing Campaigns / Groups:
• Public Consultation on Future of InterCity West Coast rail franchise (deadline 2 August 2016)