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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Monday will see another fine and dry day after a cloudier start for some.
Low cloud will gradually become confined to the coast allowing sunny spells in the afternoon.
Into the evening it will remain dry with the best of the clear spells in the west.