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West Coast franchise debacle will cost more than £50m

Andy Coyne
Andy Coyne
Editor, West Midlands

AN IMPORTANT Parliamentary committee has slammed the handling of the West Coast Main Line franchise issue by the Department for Transport as displaying a "complete lack of common sense". The Public Accounts Committee warned that the cost to taxpayers could be considerably more than the £50m that has been estimated. The committee accused the department of making "fundamental errors".In a damning indictment of the Government’s handling of the affair, Labour MP Margaret Hodge, who chairs the committee, said: "If you factor... for the full story register now for free or login below...

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