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Virgin Trains delays and cancellations following security alert

Some Virgin Trains are being cancelled or delayed Credit: PA

Passengers in Birmingham hoping to travel on the Manchester to London Euston route may experience delays and cancellations today following a security alert early this morning.

Virgin Trains running from Manchester to London Euston are being affected, with some services cancelled and others heavily delayed.

There are also issues on trains running from Liverpool Lime Street to Euston, with trains calling additionally at Crewe, Rugby and Milton Keynes Central.

You can find more information from Virgin Trains here.

Train Delays: New Street to London Euston line

Ongoing cancellations & delays in London Midland and Virgin train services between Kings Langley and Watford Junction, due to an earlier train hitting masonry in a tunnel.

Passengers who experience delays of more than half an hour or more are eligible for a refund.

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Rail franchising process plans to be announced

Today the government will announce plans to re-open the rail franchising process, six months after the collapse of the West Coast Mainline deal.

It is thought that the priority will be to agree a new ownership deal for the East Coast mainline.

A new ownership deal for the East Coast mainline could be a priority Credit: Martin Keene/PA Wire

The rail route will be put back into private ownership after a long period under state control.

The decision is expected to reignite the rivalry between Virgin Trains and FirstGroup, who competed for the west coast franchise last year.

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