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TSSA calls for franchise inquiry after West Coast fiasco

3 October 2012

The TSSA rail union today called for an independent inquiry into private rail franchises after the DfT scrapped its decision to award the West Coast line to First Group.

Manuel Cortes, union general secretary, said: "This fiasco shows that the whole bidding process for private franchises is not fit for purpose. The DfT seem to be making it up as it goes along.

"There should be not be two DfT inquiries into what went wrong on the West Coast bid but a full independent inquiry into the whole process which costs millions and leaves passengers with the highest rail fares in Europe.

"They are paying sky high fares for this long running Whitehall farce."

He believes a full inquiry would find publicly owned franchises, like the East Coast, would be cheaper for both passengers and taxpayers.
 

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