Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has apologised for the continuing uncertainty over the future of the West Coast Main Line as he confirmed plans for Virgin to remain as temporary operator.
The cancellation of the InterCity West Coast franchise is deeply regrettable and I apologise to the bidders involved and the taxpayer who have a right to expect better.
My priority now is to fix the problem and the first step is to take urgent action to ensure that on the 9 December services continue to run to the same standard and passengers are not affected.
I believe Virgin remaining as operator for a short period of time is the best way to do this and my officials and I will be working flat out to make this happen.
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.