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Due to what he described as "unacceptable mistakes" by Department for Transport (DfT) officials, Mr McLoughlin was forced to scrap the West Coast franchise bidding process.
In August, the DfT announced that transport giant FirstGroup, rather than Virgin Trains, had won the contract.
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An accumulation of "significant errors" by the Department for Transport resulted in a "flawed" West Coast rail franchise process
The Department for Transport initially gave FirstGroup, rather than Virgin Trains, the contract for a new 13-year West Coast franchise