West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper has called on the Transport Secretary to come clean over the fiasco that has seen the Government scrap its decision to award the First Group the contract.
MP Rosie has written to the Rt. Hon. Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State at the Department for Transport asking if he will make a statement when Parliament returns and to allow time for a debate to allow backbench MPs the chance to ask questions.
Rosie previously secured a Parliamentary debate on the West Coast Main Line on Monday 17 September, in response to Transport Ministers refusal to answer any questions.
MP Rosie said:
“Scrapping its decision to award the contract is the right decision. It’s the first thing the Department for Transport has got right since this debate started.
“They continually repeated the mantra that the process has been “rigorous, detailed and fair” and now they admit, it wasn't.
“I’ve written to the Transport Secretary because there are so many unanswered questions many MPs tried to get the Minister to give some answers to during the debate in September. He refused to do so.
“Whilst I welcome the decision, those questions haven’t gone away. There is an even greater responsibility on the Transport Secretary to answer MPs questions now he’s admitted his Department got it spectacularly wrong.
“Isn’t it about time this Government started to live by the principles it claims to have? It’s time for the Transport Secretary to be open and honest about this fiasco.”