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Richard Branson had his chance to speak out today at a Commons Transport Committee meeting.

The Virgin boss criticised the rail franchise system as "flawed", claiming that The Department for Transport did not follow its own rules over the bidding process.

He was giving evidence after Virgin Trains launched a judicial review of the DfT's decision to award a new 13-year West Coast franchise to rival transport company FirstGroup. Virgin has run the West Coast line since 1997.