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.
We are confident our process is robust and that the decision was absolutely the right one for tax payers and passengers.
We expect to sign the contract soon.
Remember the Virgin Trains mess? Later an official report into what went wrong will be made public.
The Government has been forced to admit the profitable West Coast Main Line contract has yet to be signed, thanks to a legal bid by Virgin.