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Grayling should be held accountable

29 January 2018

Responding to news that the National Audit Office (NAO) is investigating the governmentÂ’s handling of the East Coast bailout when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced last year to cut short the East Coast Mainline contract.

Grayling was quoted as saying that the deal to operate the line would be replaced by a new joint venture between the public and private sector. A move that has been estimated to amount to letting Stagecoach and Virgin Trains off paying £1.5bn in premiums back to the Treasury.

Leader of the transport union TSSA, Manuel Cortes said,

“We wholeheartedly welcome this news. Grayling is constantly wriggling off the hook at every level, it’s about time he faced some accountability for the poor decisions he’s made as Transport Minister.

“All of Grayling’s decisions are ideologically biased in favour of the private sector and none take into consideration the impact on passengers and taxpayers. These decisions need to be looked into.”

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