How to level the playing field

Siemens has emphasised the need for a level playing field in the Crossrail competition, due to launch tomorrow.

In the face of much opposition from advocates and supporters of Bombardier, Derby and the future of British train manufacturing, Siemens has obviously appreciated the need to reiterate their right to have won the Thameslink contract fairly.

The thinking seems to be that if the competition is fair, then Siemens will win, with Bombardier only having a chance if the Government makes further concessions that would advantage the company.

Of course there are more factors than just cost to consider, as Bombardier has been arguing. Including the effect on British business and industry, would Siemens still be the best choice? Or is this pandering to public pressure and jeopardising the equality of the competition?

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