Passengers make more than 38m journeys each year on the West Coast Main Line service operated by Virgin Rail Group. It has been running the service since 1997, but its bid to continue it beyond March next year was barred by the Department for Transport. The firm is led by managing director Phil Whittingham, 48.

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Company details
Year2019
Rank53
CompanyVirgin Rail Group
ActivityTrain operator
LocationCentral London
Sales £m1,166
Profit £m63
Year endMar 18
Principal shareholdersVirgin Group Holdings (51%), Stagecoach (49%)
Staff3,289
Founded1996
Websitewww.virgintrains.co.uk

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