Wednesday 11 January 2017 / 1:04 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Passengers, taxpayers and stakeholders need answers if they are to have any confidence in our railways and how they are being run – McDonald

Responding
to press reports surrounding an alleged conflict of interest in the award of
the Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern franchises to Govia Thameslink
Railway (GTR), Andy McDonald, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said:

“These
revelations expose the murky world of rail franchising. It is clear that the
relationship between the Department for Transport, private companies who
profit from our railways, and lobbying and consultancy firms is uncomfortably
close.

“For
complete transparency it is essential that the Secretary of State refers these
allegations to the Head of the Civil Service so they can be investigated.
Without a full and open investigation that addresses these alleged conflicts of
interest in the awarding of the GTR franchise and other franchises suspicions
will remain about how these rail contracts are awarded.

“Passengers,
taxpayers and stakeholders need answers if they are to have any confidence in
our railways and how they are being run.”