New, faster train services have begun today between Birmingham and London. Chiltern Railways says its route is rivalling Virgin's West Coast mainline and it wants to win over some business commuters.
Virgin says it welcomes competition. But it says its London services are still faster and more frequent . Keith Wilkinson reports.
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It will be a dry morning with some sunny spells. However, cloud will thicken from the west during the afternoon with rain arriving later.
Mostly dry start of the week, although rain arriving in the evening.
Mostly dry overnight with clear spells, although one or two showers are possible.