The West Coast rail franchise fiasco has yet again exposed the shambolic incompetence of this Tory-led government.
Ministers have spent weeks refusing to listen to Labour's call to suspend the award of this contract to enable an independent review to take place.
Only last week the Transport Secretary repeated his claim that the process was conducted properly and he would hand over the franchise to First on time, despite all the concerns that had been raised.
The Government's belated admission that it ran a flawed tendering process will come as a surprise to no-one.
The mess that is emerging over the bidding process for the West Coast Main Line will be costly and raise the question of re-nationalisation.
The decision to award FirstGroup the West Coast Main Line rail franchise has been cancelled, the Department for Transport said.