The rail union RMT has warned ministers they are stepping 'into another legal and operational quagmire' if they oppose public ownership of rail companies.
RMT say they have been told the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) have been lobbying the Government against a counter plan to take the West Coast into public ownership through Directly Operated Railways (DOR), the nationalised outfit currently running the East Coast.
The true cost of the fiasco over the West Coast Main Line franchise is only just beginning to become clear.
A critical report by MPS has condemned the £50 million cost to the taxpayer caused by the West Coast Mainline fiasco.
Transport Secretary and Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin has told MPs today that mistakes over West Coast should not have been made.