A second review following the West Coast Mainline fiasco has been published. It concludes that the franchising system should continue, but with stronger and simpler systems in place.
It has dismayed rail unions who say the network should be re-nationalised.
The author of the report, Eurostar boss Richard Brown, said there is no guarantee that mistakes will not happen again in the future. He said he wants a simpler system put in place that places less strain and fewer demands on those bidding for these lucrative franchises.
It all 'came to a head' when the franchising system was 'halted' following the collapse of the West Coast Mainline deal, just as Richard Branson was about to take legal action.
The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, is now considering these fresh proposals that says continue with franchising, simplify it, make it more rigorous to test it.
The rail unions though are very unhappy, they think a re-nationalisation is in order to get the railways 'moving better'.
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.
Transport Secretary and Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin has told MPs today that mistakes over West Coast should not have been made.