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More train delays!

The deal to hand the West Coast Main Line rail franchise to First Group is to be delayed following a legal challenge by Virgin (the current operator).

Virgin has made an application for a judicial review of the decision to award First Group the contract, and has lodged papers at the High Court in London.

First Group has said it wants to proceed “without delay or disruption” and would continue to prepare to start running the franchise on 9 December 2012.

The franchise, to be run under the name First West Coast Limited, would run until 2026.

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