Since taking over the West Coast rail franchise 14 years ago, Virgin Trains has replaced its entire fleet and more than doubled passenger numbers each year from 14m to 30m. As part of a deal with the government to extend the company’s West Coast franchise to the end of this year, Virgin is adding more than 100 train carriages, increasing the number of standard seats by 40%. Under chief executive Tony Collins the Birmingham company reported sales of £798m in 2011.

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Company details
Year2012
Rank69
CompanyVirgin Rail Group
ActivityTrain operator
LocationCentral London
Sales £m798
Profit £m52
Year endMar 11
Principal shareholdersVirgin Group Holdings (51%), Stagecoach (49%)
Staff2,912
Founded1996
Websitewww.virgintrains.co.uk

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