FirstGroup deal hits the buffers

Michael Bow
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The Parliamentary Transport Committee has asked transport secretary Justine Greening to delay handing the keys for the West Coast Main Line over to FirstGroup following “concerns” over the deal.

Chair Louise Ellman MP has written to Greening urging her to delay awarding the franchise, due to be closed on 28 August, and wait until the committee has had time to scrutinise the deal. She wrote: “This would help to provide greater transparency and address the concerns that have been raised.”