Rail companies race to thrash out interim Covid-19 rescue deals

Talks between firms and UK government in deadlock despite deadline just 48 hours away

Train operators and the government are locked in talks to extend the £3.5bn rescue deal that kept the railways running through the pandemic, which is due to expire on Sunday night.

The Department for Transport’s operator of last resort is on standby to take over rail franchises should fresh agreement not be reached.

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