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All rail franchising on hold as DfT cancels West Coast mainline competition

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has cancelled the competition to run trains on the West Coast Main Line after the DfT found "significant technical flaws" in the way the franchise process was handled.

The flaws concern the way that the DfT assessed the risk of the bids. The decision, which follows a legal challenge from Virgin over the process to halt the signing of the contract, means the DfT will not award a franchise contract to run the West Coast...

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