Rail franchise mandarin's board gave Southern contract to client of his company
Peter Wilkinson held role at Department for Transport while owning stake in FCP, a consultancy that had been advising Govia
The civil servant who awarded Southern rail its franchise made the decision to do so while owning a large share in a consultancy that had been advising the troubled operator’s parent company.
Peter Wilkinson, who had been hired by the Department for Transport (DfT) to act as its franchising director, was involved in awarding the Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern franchises to Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) in May 2014.
Source: Guardian Transport