Following the ConDem's decision to leak almost all the details of the HLOS days before it was announced in Parliament, someone has taken it upon themselves to jump the gun on announcing the first order for IEPs.
Train company, First Great Western, is expected to announce a billion
pound order for new trains which are to run between Paddington and
The ITV piece even includes a nice video about constructing the new trains filmed in errrr... Japan (shurely Newton Aycliffe? Ed).
So presumably the DfT's own dire strictures against anyone saying anything before the 20th July no longer count?
And as for suggesting that First Great Western will announce it - talk about spin - this is a DfT project thru and thru!
Which may explain why, even though preferred bidder status was granted as long ago as 2009, the final confirmation of an order for the unpopular rolling stock will actually be announced just days AFTER the Commons had risen for the Summer Recess.
How convenient! That should stop any embarrassing question being asked about the deal in Parliament.