FirstGroup said that until it was notified by the DfT last night, it had no indication there were any problems with the franchise process.
Until this point we had absolutely no indication that there were any issues with the franchise letting process and had received assurances from the DfT that its processes were robust and that it expected to sign the contract with FirstGroup soon.
We are extremely disappointed to learn this news and await the outcome of the DfT's inquiries.
The DfT has made it clear to us that we are in no way at fault, having followed the due process correctly.We submitted a strong bid, in good faith and in strict accordance with the DfT's terms.
More top news
The family of an elderly woman from Swansea have been trying to sell her house to pay for her care.
Welshman Nathan Cleverly will face Tony Bellew in Liverpool on the 22nd of November. It's three years since their last fight
It will become dry in the evening. Northern and central parts will become mostly clear and cold, with fog patches.