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Transport Secretary to appoint railway Director-General

Patrick McLoughlin will make made a statement to the House of Commons this morning.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin today announced the appointment of a Director-General with "responsibility for all rail policy and franchising."

"We will ensure that we have the right mix of professional skills inside the department and, where necessary, from professional external advisers," he added.

Mr McLoughlin made the announcement after confirming that Virgin Trains would continue to run the West Coast mainline until at least 2014.

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Virgin Trains offer compensation for long delays caused by Watford problems

Virgin Trains are offering compensation to passengers affected by the problems caused by broken overhead power cables in Watford last night.

There were long delays for people travelling to the West Midlands after the power lines came down on the route into and out of London.

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