I've been at the Sunday Herald for over six years, first as media correspondent and then deputy business editor since 2008. My first area of interest is energy and utilities, but I also write regularly on manufacturing/industry, life sciences and economic development. I previously worked as a media analyst in London for Zenith Media and as a VSO volunteer in Zambia.
Official papers seen by The Herald show Aberdeen council's proposal for the project was given the green light last year despite being ranked 10th by the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) out of 16 proposals by Scottish councils to take part in a public-private finance initiative known as tax increment financing (TIF).
It came from 33 Horseferry Road in Vauxhall, central London, headquarters of the Department for Transport (DfT), which put out a startling announcement around midnight on Tuesday.
It said that, in view of certain irregularities with the process for renewing the rail franchise for the West Coast mainline between London and Glasgow, the choice of Aberdeen-based transport company FirstGroup was revoked. Instead, the DfT was going to set up two inquiries, one into the West Coast process and one into the whole system of rail franchising.