This fiasco shows that the whole bidding process for private franchises is not fit for purpose. The DfT seems to be making it up as it goes along.
There should be not be two DfT inquiries into what went wrong on the West Coast bid but a full independent inquiry into the whole process which costs millions and leaves passengers with the highest rail fares in Europe.
They are paying sky-high fares for this long-running Whitehall farce.
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.