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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Tim Farron on West Coast Main Line decision

West Coast Main Line Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Cumbrian MP, Tim Farron, has spoken out over the decision to rerun the competition to operate the West Coast Main Line.

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP said "people must be held accountable" for the errors.

FirstGroup was due to take over the franchise from Virgin in December.

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