Addleshaw Goddard advises DfT on refranchise of West Coast Main Line

Addleshaw Goddard has advised the Department for Transport (DfT) on the refranchise of the West Coast Main Line, which was awarded to Virgin Trains on 19 June.

The short-term contract will see Virgin Trains run the franchise for the next two years and nine months for a premium of £430m.

The team — led by Mike O’Connor, head of infrastructure, projects and energy at Addleshaw Goddard, with support from Andy Sykes, Jacqui Langley-White, Ben Traynor and Andrew Maskill — advised the DfT on the franchise agreement and rolling stock elements of the deal.