Transport Minister: 'We will find out what happened'

Mr McLoughlin told MPs plans were continuing for an interim contract with Virgin to operate for up to 14 months while the franchise process was rerun.

He said passengers would see the same staff on the same trains and the service would be "enhanced":

In dealing with this, my department has been frank and open about its mistakes and is absolutely determined to find out exactly what happened.

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'Errors' in West Coast bid

Patrick McLoughlin told the House of Commons that 'significant errors, described in the report, resulted in a flawed process' during the bidding for the West Coast mainline franchise.