West Coast rail fiasco will cost taxpayers a ‘significant’ amount, says Government report

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TAXPAYERS face a ‘significant bill’ as a result of the botched West Coast rail process, according to a Government watchdog.

The National Audit Office (NAO) report also criticised the Department of Transport for a cost cutting exercise which led to 500 staff losing their jobs and to the lose of expertise which might have prevented the fiasco.

Andrew Pakes with Maria Eagle

Andrew Pakes with Maria Eagle

It was one of two reports published yesterday into the fiasco, which saw FirstGroup win a franchising competition to run the service only for errors in the process to see the decision scrappped.


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