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Seamus Milne writes in today's Guardian that renationalisation of the railway system could be the right way to go.
The Transport Secretary is seeking legal advice after a court challenge by Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson threatened to derail the awarding of the West Coast Main Line rail franchise to rivals FirstGroup.
Virgin lodged papers at the High Court in London yesterday and a hearing will be held in due course.
A Department for Transport spokesman has said that the new West Coast franchise contract awarded to FirstGroup will be signed soon.
Earlier, Virgin Trains announced it had started court proceedings over the Government's decision.
The Transport Secretary, Justine Greening, has said she is "disappointed but not surprised" by Virgin Trains' decision to take legal action over the government's decision to award a new West Coast franchise to transport company FirstGroup.
She also said the government would defend its position "robustly".
Virgin Trains' legal challenge is an application for a judicial review of the decision to award FirstGroup, the West Coast main line contract.
The firm lodged papers at the High Court in London today and a hearing will be held at the court in due course.
It is unclear if this means the final signing of the franchise contract by the Transport Secretary Justine Greening - which is expected tomorrow - will now be delayed pending the outcome of the hearing.
Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has spoken to ITV News' Business Editor, Laura Kuenssberg, about the decision to take legal action over the government's decision to award a new West Coast franchise to FirstGroup.
Speaking from Necker Island, Sir Richard said: "It was our last resort".
Earlier this month, the Government announced that Virgin had lost out to transport company FirstGroup in the bidding war to run a new 13-year West Coast franchise.
Transport company FirstGroup, which already has a number of rail franchises including Great Western and ScotRail, will start operating the London to Scotland West Coast line in December.
Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson reacted angrily to the decision, branding the bidding process "insane" and threatening to end all involvement with the railways.Today, Virgin, which has operated the West Coast line since 1997, said it was "commencing court proceedings" over the Government decision.
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