The rail operator Virgin Trains has been asked to continue running the West Coast Main Line, that runs through the West Midlands, for between 9 to 13 months.
The Department for Transport made the announcement this morning.
It now has more time to decided how they are going to find a more permanent operator after the competition for the West Coast Main Line was cancelled earlier this year.
The cancellation came after a legal challenge from the Virgin owner, Richard Branson, over the way First Group were awarded the contract above Virgin.
The Department for Transport has paused the ongoing franchise programme including live competitions on Essex Thameside, Great Western and Thameslink and set up two independent reviews into what went wrong with the West Coast competition and the wider DfT rail franchise programme.