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Public Accounts Committee
Report published 12 February 2016. Government response published 28 April 2016.
On 3 October 2012, the Department for Transport cancelled its competition for the InterCity West Coast franchise due to errors in the procurement process. The Committee's inquiry into the matter concluded that the Department's failure to properly manage the competition would cost taxpayers at least £50 million. The Department subsequently paused three further franchise competitions. In addition to the Committee's and NAO's reports on the cancellation of the InterCity West Coast competition, Sam Laidlaw (a then Departmental Non-Executive Director) led an inquiry into the events.
These reports highlighted a number of weaknesses including:
This inquiry looks at the Department’s response to the main recommendations from those reports and the effectiveness of its programme management in its rail franchising programme.
Read all transcripts, written evidence and other material related to the Reform of the rail franchising programme inquiry.
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on rail franchising reform