The true cost of the fiasco over the West Coast Main Line franchise is only just beginning to become clear.
A critical report by MPS has condemned the £50 million cost to the taxpayer caused by the West Coast Mainline fiasco.
Virgin Trains has been voted the best rail service provider according to a latest survey.
An independent report into the West Coast Rail franchise fiasco was changed by the Department of Transport before it was published.
MPs have been hearing evidence about how the bid to run the line through the Midlands collapsed.
Virgin Trains lost the Government contract to rivals FirstGroup in August, but the deal was scrapped after Ministers admitted there were flaws in the bidding process.
Today it's been revealed that names of civil servants involved were removed from a report published earlier this month.
The author of the report into the government's handling of the West Coast Main Line franchise contract is due to give evidence today.
Ministers had initially awarded the contract to FirstGroup, but the deal was scrapped after significant technical flaws were found in the bidding process.
Virgin is expected to continue to run the line for a further 12 months in the meantime.
Chiltern Railways have launched a new, faster service to from Birmingham to London.
It'll reduce the journey time by 22 minutes and offer the first train of the day out of Birmingham to London.
Virgin Trains say that competition is good for customers.
New, faster train services have begun today between Birmingham and London. Chiltern Railways says its route is rivalling Virgin's West Coast mainline and it wants to win over some business commuters.
Virgin says it welcomes competition. But it says its London services are still faster and more frequent . Keith Wilkinson reports.
Thomas Ableman from Chiltern Railways explains how they are expecting a lot of business for the new service.
Virgin Trains, who operate on the West Coast Mainline, say that competition is good for customers and it has more frequent, faster services.
Chiltern Railways have launched a new, faster service from Birmingham's business district, Birmingham Snow Hill, to London's Marylebone station.
The journey time will be reduced by 22 minutes and it will offer the first service of the day out of Birmingham to London.
They will also be offering peak morning and evening trains, with all trains leaving London between 5.30pm and 10.00pm, stopping at Birmingham Snow Hill.
The taxpayer could pay at least 40 million pounds for the mishandling of the West Coast Mainline Rail franchise.
Virgin Trains had lost out on the deal to First Group, but it was scrapped after flaws were found in the bidding process.
Yesterday Sir Richard Branson's firm was told it would run the route for the next two years.
The government's transport secretary has said that his department is taking "swift action" regarding the controversy surrounding the West Coast rail franchise.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:
"The NAO has made a number of recommendations that mirror many of the findings of the Laidlaw Inquiry in terms of the work we need to do to strengthen our organisation and the structures within it.
"We are already taking swift action on this front and I believe the plans we are putting in place to ensure future franchise competitions are conducted on the basis of sound planning, the rigorous identification and oversight of risk, will prevent a repeat of these lamentable failures."
Today, the government announced Virgin Trains can continue its services on the West Coast Mainline for a further 23 months.
The route links London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow together and Virgin will continue to deliver its services on this Mainline until at least November 2014.
Keith Wilkinson reports.
The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced Virgin are to operate the West Coast Mainline until November 2014.
Virgin had been set to lose the West Coast contract which it has been operating since 1997 but the Government scrapped the bidding after faults by the Department for Transport were found with the bidding process.