Three people at the Department of Transport have been suspended after the Government scrapped its decision to award the West Coast Main Line rail franchise to FirstGroup.
The Transport Secretary said there were "significant technical flaws" in the bidding process because of mistakes by Department for Transport staff.
The estimated cost of reimbursing four companies for the cost of their bids will be £40m. FirstGroup, which beat Virgin Trains to win the franchise, says it's ''disappointed.''
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.