The Department for Transport (DfT) made an announcement earlier today (October 3) concerning the cancellation of the West Coast Main Line franchise competition. This stated that further details would be issued later today about suspensions; those further details are contained in the following quotation.
A DfT spokesman said:
Three officials involved in the West Coast franchise competition were today suspended by the Permanent Secretary while the full facts are established. No further details will be issued at this time about the suspensions.