Peter Wilkinson under investigation by the NAO for alleged conflict of interest at the Department for Transport

Today, we publish documents from a National Audit Office investigation into Peter Wilkinson’s alleged conflict of interest over Southern Rail. The investigation has been underway since January, when it was revealed by the Guardian that he had awarded the TSGN and C2C rail franchises while a director and joint main shareholder of First Class Partnerships – a consultancy that had been advising both companies. The full NAO report is due to be published in mid-November.


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 out to the 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.

To download a PDF version of the letter and appendix, click the link below:

Investigation into Peter Wilkinson by the National Audit Office

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