Friday, 16 December 2011

Thameslink decision - Labour to blame says Select Committee

The Transport Select Committee have published their review of the decision to award Siemens rather than Bombardier the contract for new Thameslink rolling stock.

There would now appear to be few defenders of the previous Government's decision to exclude socio-economic criteria from the Thameslink procurement and we note that it would not have been possible for the terms of the contract to have been amended, following the change of Government in May 2010, without starting the procurement afresh with a new invitation to tender.

The full report can be found here. It is worth remembering, the Transport Select Committee is Chaired by a Labour MP.

What did Ed Miliband have to say this morning? The response from @christopherward does sum him up:

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