RailNews.co.uk – The Department for Transport has cancelled the award of the West Coast franchise to FirstGroup. The transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has admitted that there were ‘significant technical flaws in the way the franchise process was conducted’, and announced two official inquiries. Some civil servants face suspension, and the decision is set to disrupt the 2013 franchising programme. It also seems likely to cost taxpayers as much as £50 million or even more.
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