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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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West Coast blunder will cost £40m

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin blames Whitehall for West Coast fiasco Credit: PA

The Transport Secretary has said that cancelling the competition to run the West Coast Main Line will cost the taxpayer £40 million.

Patrick McLoughlin said the U-turn on the West Coast Mail Line rail franchise award was "wholly and squarely" down to a Whitehall fault.

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