COMMENT: The West Coast Main Line debacle - where does the buck stop?

October 04, 2012 9:48 AM

Writing for Public Service Europe Alex Wild asks who is responsible for the West Coast Main Line debacle.
If £40m can be wasted on a simple tender process, you have to question how bad things will get as British ministers get ready to spend £32bn on high-speed rail – warns campaigner

British taxpayers have sadly become accustomed to politicians and bureaucrats squandering their cash. But the announcement from the Department for Transport that citizens must foot a bill of at least £40m for seemingly nothing more than incompetence is particularly frustrating. One may be able excuse the DfT for a few minor muddles, given that it has had three permanent secretaries and three secretaries of state since 2010, but the revelation that the West Coast Main Line contract awarded to FirstGroup is to be cancelled and re-tendered is unforgivable.

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Writing for Public Service Europe Alex Wild asks who is responsible for the West Coast Main Line debacle.
If £40m can be wasted on a simple tender process, you have to question how bad things will get as British ministers get ready to spend £32bn on high-speed rail – warns campaigner

British taxpayers have sadly become accustomed to politicians and bureaucrats squandering their cash. But the announcement from the Department for Transport that citizens must foot a bill of at least £40m for seemingly nothing more than incompetence is particularly frustrating. One may be able excuse the DfT for a few minor muddles, given that it has had three permanent secretaries and three secretaries of state since 2010, but the revelation that the West Coast Main Line contract awarded to FirstGroup is to be cancelled and re-tendered is unforgivable.

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