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Q&A on the rail deal

  • What has gone wrong? It seems it was not just a matter of the difference between Virgin's bid and that of FirstGroup but that all the bids from all four competing companies were not properly evaluated by officials.
  • What happens now? There are two reviews to look into what happened and, until they report, the bidding process for three other rail franchises has been put on hold.
  • What about FirstGroup, Virgin and the two other unlucky bidders? They are getting their bid costs back from the DfT. As usual the real losers here will be taxpayers.