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.
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.