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Virgin Trains has proposed an end to standing on long-distance journeys by managing rail services like flights. The firm argues seats should be sold as reservation-only, as part of a broader break-up of the rail franchise system. The firm, which operates trains on the West Coast Main Line, said customers should have to book a ticket and a seat for a particular train. Its proposal is part of Virgin's submission to a government-commissioned review into the rail system. Currently, train operators typically accept walk-up fares, meaning they have no control over the number of people getting on a particular train unless it is judged unsafe. They are also obliged to stick to rigid timetables wh... Full story

24 April