Our Political Editor tweets on the West Coast franchise fiasco

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The West Coast fiasco has big consequences for services used by tens of thousands of London commuters. @londontonight

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New franchises for services from Paddington, Fenchurch St and on Thameslink are now on hold. @londontonight

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Rail franchise bids halted

The future of rail services in the south-east has been thrown into disarray after ministers called a halt to several franchise competitions.