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Unions angry over West Coast fiasco

£60 million that could have been invested in services will be blown on reimbursing the bidders as the government admit they cannot add up.

With a mass of other franchises coming up over the next few years the whole process has to be called to a halt with Directly Operated Railways given a long term opportunity to sweep up this mess, just as they have successfully done on the East Coast.

– Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail Maritime and Transport union