There has been an extraordinary twist in the battle for control of the most important rail link in the North West.
The franchise for the West Coast Main Line was awarded to First Group in August - but the government has now cancelled it.
It says there were "significant flaws" in the bidding process because of mistakes by Department of Transport staff.
Three have now been suspended and taxpayers are now facing a bill of at least £40 million.
A senior MP has demanded sweeping changes to the civil service amid the fiasco surrounding the West Coast Main Line.
Virgin Trains to keep West Coast Mainline as Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin dumps FirstGroup in franchise U-turn.