A rail magazine has reported that two of the three people suspended over the West Coast bid also worked on the Bombardier bid.
Hundreds of train service staff at a Bombardier plant in Staffordshire are going on strike in a dispute over pay.
The Transport Secretary Justine Greening gave new hope to Derby based train maker Bombardier over the controversial Crossrail contract.
Hopes that Derby train-maker Bombardier will win a £1 billion pound contract to build trains for the Crossrail project have been given a boost by the Transport Secretary.
The tendering process for the work to build carriages for the proposed line running through London has opened today.
Transport Secretary Justine Greening said she was:
– Justine Greening MP, Transport Secretary
"keen to understand and communicate the benefit of this contract to the UK economy".
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