Franchise error blamed on Whitehall

Patrick McLoughlin
Patrick McLoughlin

The cancelling of the controversial West Coast Main Line rail franchise award was "wholly and squarely" down to a Whitehall fault, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said.


There will be a £40 million cost to taxpayers of the scrapping of the process which would have meant Sir Richard Branson's company Virgin Rail losing its West Coast contract to rival transport company FirstGroup.
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