A small update on the West Coast fairytale. Rumours are now circulating that Virgin may have reached agreement with the DfT to run West Coast from 9 December on a ‘not-for-profit’ basis.
This raises the interesting question as to whether such a contract would attract the bleak gaze of lawyers in Brussels. Does a profitless deal still come under European procurement law? Possibly not.
Patrick McLoughlin is due to tell Parliament what’s been decided on Monday.