Shortly after the revelation of Peter Wilkinson’s alleged conflict of interest in the Guardian, it was reported that the National Audit Office had begun an inquiry into the DfT’s handling of the GTR contract. This inquiry forms a parallel report to the NAO’s investigation into the Thameslink programme, and was quietly added to their website in January; without an official announcement. Though a summer 2017 release date was originally anticipated, both reports are due to be published in mid-November.
We have now acquired advance information from the NAO’s inquiry into Peter Wilkinson – detailed in an Appendix sent to Andy McDonald, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, in March. A further assessment of the role Wilkinson played in the award of the GTR franchise has been underway since this time, and will be included in the NAO’s final report.
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*This article was edited on 29.05.19. in order to provide the full letter in jpeg as well as pdf format.