Judges to rule on rail sell-off Three Appeal Court

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judges could stop the progress of passenger rail privatisation today when they rule on a case brought by the Save Our Railways campaign which could force the Government to start the whole process again.

But if the campaigners, who allege that proposed cuts to service were unlawful, fail, Roger Salmon, the franchising director, will announce later today that Stagecoach, Britain's biggest bus company, has won one of the first two franchises to be let, South West Trains, and also that London, Tilbury and Southend, has gone to a management buy-out team.