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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