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Calls for "pause" in Thameslink programme

Following the government's mix-up yesterday over the awarding of the franchise for the West Coast mainline, there are calls today for reviews of other transport contracts.

Pauline Latham, MP for Mid-Derbyshire, has asked the Secretary of State for Transport to pause the process on the contract for the manufacture and maintenance of the stock for the Thameslink programme, after Derby-based firm Bombardier missed out on the deal.

“I have been saying for well over a year that I believed the bidding processes used by the Department of Transport are flawed and today’s decision by the Government clearly shows that the Department is not fit for purpose...once more reviews have taken place into the Department’s practices, I am sure more mistakes will be uncovered and an even bigger bill will be handed to taxpayers."

"I am extremely angry that Bombardier was not awarded the contract and as I said at the time, I had serious concerns around the fact that the bogie design in the Siemens proposal had not been properly tested."

– Pauline Latham, MP for Mid-Derbyshire

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