MPs want info on West Coast

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MPs have today urged the Department for Transport to reveal exactly what went wrong during the botched franchising competition for the West Coast Main Line rail route.

The transport select committee said it wants to know how much the failed process has cost and hear more details of how department staff ended up with wrong information about the loan requirements of each bid.

“Many of the problems with the franchise competition, detailed in the Laidlaw report, reflect very badly on civil servants at the DfT,” said committee chair Louise Ellman MP.