Today's interim report shows just how important our calls were in the summer to find out what went on behind closed doors when deciding the future operator of the West Coast franchise and that it should be opened up to proper detailed scrutiny.
As well as the technical errors the review has identified, it raises fundamental questions around why more favourable treatment was given to one bidder over another and the lack of a clear and consistent account of how and what decisions were made.
– Virgin Trains
All of this is a matter of serious concern and we hope these issues will be explored in greater detail in the final report by Sam Laidlaw.
Regardless of the catalogue of problems identified with the assessment process itself, we remain very clear that our own bid was robust and deliverable.
Lessons must be learned to prevent the process failures we saw with the West Coast competition from happening again and to protect the taxpayer and passengers from phoney bids that game the system.