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Rail franchising hiatus as DfT admits ‘unacceptable mistakes’

The Government’s rail franchising policy was in limbo this week following the DfT’s decision to cancel the West Coast Main Line franchise award because of “significant technical flaws” in the way the competition was conducted.

The errors were only discovered because the DfT had to revisit the calculations as part of its preparations for defending a Judicial Review application brought by incumbent operator Virgin Trains after the Department awarded FirstGroup the...

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