– Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute of Directors
It isshocking that such a crucially important process has gone so seriously wrong.
Businesses need a stable, reliable rail network and certainty in the provisionof key infrastructure.
Government tendering processes must be whiter thanwhite, or firms will be deterred from applying to take contracts on, which willharm service delivery.
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.