The ITV Tonight documentary also contains claims by an executive who masterminded the original rail contracts system that the cost of the blunder will far exceed the £40 million estimated by Government.
Chris Stokes, former Deputy Director of Franchising at the Department for Transport said:
Government plans to take the West Coast Mainline away from Virgin were reversed earlier this month, after "serious defects" were found in the process.
Three civil servants have been suspended and two official reviews launched.
Tony Collins, Chief Executive of Virgin Trains, told the ITV Tonight programme that the Department for Transport lacked "high quality expertise" for a franchising process.
A rail boss at the heart of the West Coast Mainline fiasco has criticised the Department for Transport for its lack of “high quality expertise”.
Tony Collins, Chief Executive of Virgin Trains, was speaking for the first time about the breakdown of Britain's rail contract system.
Mr Collins said: "They are complicated bids and it requires lots of specialists who can handle these, and I think it’s a wake up call.
"If you go back to the start of privatisation we had an outfit called OPRAF who led the privatisation process but they were staffed by experts in financing, project management, commercial negotiations, financial modelling etc."
His accusations are part of an ITV Tonight documentary to be broadcast on Thursday October 25 at 7.30pm - just hours before the first official report into the chaos reaches ministers.
The Transport Select Committee will be questioning Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Group and Tim O’Toole of FirstGroup over the Government’s decision to award the West Coast mainline rail franchise to FirstGroup on September 10.