Taxpayers' £50m West Coast bill

Taxpayers will face a "significant" bill of around £50m over the West Coast rail franchise fiasco, the Government's spending watchdog has warned.

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DfT: We expect to sign the contract soon

A Department for Transport spokesman has said that the new West Coast franchise contract awarded to FirstGroup will be signed soon.

Earlier, Virgin Trains announced it had started court proceedings over the Government's decision.

We are confident our process is robust and that the decision was absolutely the right one for tax payers and passengers.

We expect to sign the contract soon.

– Department for Transport spokesman

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