Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to the news the West Coast Partnership contract award is to be delayed, said “The Transport Secretary has presided over a shambolic state of affairs.
“South Eastern is delayed. Now the West Coast HS2 contract is delayed. Yet a rail contract was awarded in East Midlands while a government review is underway. At the same time, multiple transport companies are suing the government over its approach to rail contracts.
“This is only a foretaste of the catastrophic and expensive legacy Chris Grayling has left across our transport system which will scar the country for decades to come.”