The Express and Star report:

It comes as a Freedom of Information Act request revealed today that it will cost taxpayers £127 million for the new stations.

Construction costs will come to £29.6m but paying the money back with interest will see the eventual bill spiral to more than four times that under a 25-year Private Finance Initiative – PFI.

South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson said: “These PFI schemes are often a gross waste of taxpayers’ money and something I would like to see an awful lot less of.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.