An accumulation of "significant errors" by the Department for Transport resulted in a "flawed" West Coast rail franchise process
The Department for Transport initially gave FirstGroup, rather than Virgin Trains, the contract for a new 13-year West Coast franchise
Virgin Trains has launched a legal challenge in an attempt to hold on to its West Coast Main Line franchise.
Due to what he described as "unacceptable mistakes" by Department for Transport (DfT) officials, Mr McLoughlin was forced to scrap the West Coast franchise bidding process.
In August, the DfT announced that transport giant FirstGroup, rather than Virgin Trains, had won the contract.
There are urgent calls for the Government to delay the signing of a controversial deal that will see the running of the West Coast Main Line through the region change hands.
The 13-year deal will mean the First Group taking over from Virgin Trains.
More than a- hundred thousand passengers have joined an online petition against the decision.
Liverpool Riverside MP Louise Ellman, who is Chair of the Transport Select Committe, wants her Committee to have more time to examine the bid:-