In a letter published on Monday 08 October Louise Ellman MP, chair of the Transport Select Committee, has written to the the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, raising a number of questions about the cancellation of the competition to run the West Coast Main Line franchise.
Commenting on the letter Louise Ellman MP said:
"The Department for Transport has many serious questions to answer about what went wrong with the West Coast Main Line franchise competition and the wider ramifications for the other complex contractual negotiations it is involved in such as the Thameslink rolling stock procurement.
I have written to the Secretary of State to find out more about the reviews he has ordered, the staff who have been suspended and the reporting lines to ministers ahead of the hearing we will hold on 31 October".
The Minister will appear to give oral evidence on the cancellation of the competition to run the West Coast Main Line franchise on Wednesday 31 October at 2.45 pm as part of the ongoing Rail 2020 inquiry.