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DfT rejects calls to delay handing West Coast deal to FirstGroup

Transport secretary has rejected calls from MPs and the losing bidder Virgin to delay signing the new West Coast rail franchise.

The transport select committee urged the Government to delay signing the final contract papers with the winning bidder FirstGroup until the MPs had had a chance to "bring transparency to the process". But Justine Greening said in an interview with the Today programme: "We have had a very fair, rigorous process that's been running for 15 months. [Virgin]...

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