Order for new trains could have left taxpayers ‘badly ripped off’, say MPs

Order for new trains could have left taxpayers ‘badly ripped off’, say MPs
Public accounts committee says Department for Transport put public money at risk and sowed confusion in rail industry

Two fleets of trains ordered for £10.5bn by inexperienced officials at the Department for Transport have put taxpayers’ money at risk, sown confusion in the rail industry and could mean higher fares, a report from MPs claims.

The public accounts committee said the DfT’s uncertain procurement process, which ended with contracts awarded two and a half years late, could have seen the government “badly ripped off”.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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