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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.

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Rail issues 'may never have come to light' without Richard Branson

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has admitted that problems with the rail franchise process may never have come to light without the legal challenge mounted by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Rail.

He told ITV's Chris Choi that he had set up two inquiries into the issue.

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