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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.

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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

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