The Department for Transport has scrapped plans for a bidding competition for the franchise to run Great Western rail services.
It was put on hold last October after the fiasco over the West Coast Main Line franchise.
Current operator First Great Western has had its contract extended until October and negotiations will start on a new two-year contract with the company, while plans for the longer term will be set out in the spring.
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Weather warnings are in place as Storm Imogen brings winds of up to 80 miles per hour.
Winds of nearly 80mph have been reported at Avonmouth as Storm Imogen arrives in the west.
After a weekend of heavy rain and high winds, the West Country has been told to brace for another bout of bad weather.