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Regular news: Issue 457 30 Nov 2006

NAO criticises DfT for failing to monitor West Coast benefits

The DfT has been criticised by the National Audit Office for having no plans to monitor whether the predicted non-user benefits of the £8.6bn West Coast Main Line upgrade have actually materialised.

In a review of the project the NAO notes that the DfT estimated that £1.5bn of passenger non-user benefits would be generated from reductions in road traffic congestion and accidents resulting from modal shift from car to rail. But the NAO notes that the DfT has "not monitored the...

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