Virgin Rail Group operates the West Coast Mainline between London and Scotland, having gained government approval to continue the franchise until at least March 2018. Under managing director Phil Whittingham, 45, the business is run as a separate operation to sister company Virgin Trains East Coast, which won an eight-year contract in 2014 to run the line between London and Edinburgh. The London-based company employs more than 3,000 people.
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