RAILNEWS has produced a special PDF edition of the industry's only newspaper, following the remarkable events of last week in which the DfT cancelled the award of the Intercity West Coast contract to FirstGroup.
The extra issue provides a blow-by-blow account of events so far, including a page of questions and answers about the West Coast crisis. Regular columnist Alan Marshall asks what the future of rail franchising might be now, and there is also a page of other news.
Railnews managing editor Sim Harris said: "When we went to press as usual on 28 September, the industry still thought First could take over West Coast on 9 December, although there was the great unknown posed by Virgin's impending hearing in the High Court.
"As we now know, everything changed on 3 October, and we felt an extra issue of Railnews was amply justified to give more coverage of these landmark developments."
The new edition, called Railnews Extra, is available for unrestricted download as an PDF file.
Click here for your copy, and please feel free to pass it on to colleagues.
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