Sam Laidlaw, Centrica's boss, will complete the initial review into what went wrong in the bid by the end of October, with the full report released by the end of November.
The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said other franchises that have been "paused" should be restarted ASAP, but that can't be until after December.
Rail operator Virgin has been asked to continue running the West Coast mainline for another few months after a Government U-turn.
One railway line, one fudged bid, three more sets of negotations and three years to put it right.
Sir Richard Branson's rail operator has been asked to continue running the troubled West Coast Main Line, while a bidding process is re-run.