Fallout continues over West Coast franchise

The competition to run trains on the West Coast Mainline has been cancelled following the discovery of significant technical flaws in the way the franchise process was conducted, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced today.

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Scottish Government not informed about latest West Coast decision

Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown said it was "not acceptable" for the UK Government not to tell ministers north of the border it was rerunning the competition to operate the West Coast Main Line.

He added that the U-turn by the Department for Transport "leaves so much up in the air".

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