- Tyne Tees
Condemnation has rained down on the Department for Transport which has admitted it made "completely unacceptable" mistakes over the handling of bidding for the West Coast Mainline franchise.
The Department for Transport admits that its staff made serious mistakes when awarding FirstGroup the franchise ahead of Virgin Trains. Put simply they didn't look properly at the financial risks associated with the bid.
Officials' have been suspended and the Secretary of State for Transport has apologised - as he scrapped the decision to award the contract ot First Group.
It's going to cost taxpayers at least £40million. The debacle has raised serious questions not only about THIS franchise but also those awarded in the recent past to companies operating on the East Coast Main Line.
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Cloudy for most parts of the region on Monday morning. If there are any breaks, they will be to the south. Slow improvement through the day
Cloudy along the coast all day, brighter spells further west. Odd spit over Northumberland, but this risk diminishes throughout the day
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