Post by snoggle on May 9, 2019 9:28:49 GMT
Depends on what a judge says. They may allow the award to proceed but the case against the DfT to be heard. Depends on the merits of the arguments put forward. That is what happened with the Picc Line stock. The contract was still awarded to Siemens *but* the aggrieved parties will still have their day in court against TfL. They may end up being awarded some form of "damages" or their bid costs being refunded. Clearly not the same as gaining the contract. We must wait to see what happens in this instance. If the award ends up being scrapped or delayed indefinitely then things get very interesting very quickly as the DfT may have to "nationalise" the franchise in the short term.
Despite Abellio "pressing ahead" the reality is that very little will happen and not much money will be spent until there is clarity. They certainly won't be signing contracts for anything with anyone (such as for new or newer trains) and they will almost certainly be asking the DfT for a delay to the franchise start date the longer the legal process grinds on. That leaves DfT with the dilemma of possibly having to negotiate *another* extension with Stagecoach to ensure East Midlands services keep running or nationalising it as I said above!