Rejected franchise claims move to High Court as firms sue DfT Rejected franchise claims move to High Court as firms sue DfT

Legal action threatened by Stagecoach, Virgin, SNCF and Arriva over the cancellation of their bids for three franchises is about to start in the High Court. The court is to hear claims that the Department for Transport ‘mismanaged’ the competitions for Intercity West Coast, East Midlands and South Eastern when it ruled that bids from the four firms were ‘non-compliant’ because they tried to reduce pensions risks.

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