Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told the House of Commons it would be "untenable" for the West Coast Line contract to have gone ahead, but there has been no suggestion any bidders did anything wrong.
Interesting, he's full of praise for First Group, and says this mess should have no influence on future bids or how they run their contracts.
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.