Taxpayers face 'significant' bill

Press Association
West Coast rail line
West Coast rail line

Taxpayers face a "significant" bill over the botched West Coast rail franchise process, a report from a Government spending watchdog has said.


The Department for Transport's (DfT) running of the West Coast bidding process lacked management oversight, with some staff "confused" by the system, the National Audit Office (NAO) report said. The Government has already indicated that repaying bidding costs to the companies competing for the franchise is likely to land taxpayers with a bill of around £40 million.
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