Labour: Rail decision shows 'shambolic incompetence' of Government

The West Coast rail franchise fiasco has yet again exposed the shambolic incompetence of this Tory-led government.

Ministers have spent weeks refusing to listen to Labour's call to suspend the award of this contract to enable an independent review to take place.

Only last week the Transport Secretary repeated his claim that the process was conducted properly and he would hand over the franchise to First on time, despite all the concerns that had been raised.

The Government's belated admission that it ran a flawed tendering process will come as a surprise to no-one.

– Shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle

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DfT rail deal official hits back

A senior Department of Transport official suspended over the mishandling of the West Coast Main Line rail franchise contract as hit out at her own department for "inaccurately portraying" her role and overstating her responsibility.