It isshocking that such a crucially important process has gone so seriously wrong.
Businesses need a stable, reliable rail network and certainty in the provisionof key infrastructure.
Government tendering processes must be whiter thanwhite, or firms will be deterred from applying to take contracts on, which willharm service delivery.
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.