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Public Accounts Committee
Report published 12 February 2016. Awaiting Government response.
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.
Evidence given by Philip Rutnam, Permanent Secretary, Bernadette Kelly, Director General, Rail Executive, and Peter Wilkinson, Managing Director, Passenger Services, Department for Transport.
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on rail franchising reform