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Rail franchise delays could hamper network improvements

28 October 2012 Last updated at 11:58 GMT

The delay in awarding new rail franchises could see knock-on effects for commuters on the First Great Western network.

Passenger groups warn as the operators seek compensation, improvements to the network could suffer.

Errors by the Department for Transport in the West Coast Main Line bidding process means the award of three new franchises across southern England is on hold while a review is carried out.