Virgin will continue to run train services on the West Coast Main Line temporarily after securing an extension.
Sir Richard Branson's company will remain in control of the line for between nine and 13 months before interim and long-term providers are decided upon.
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.