Virgin Trains says it has launched court proceedings over the UK Government's decision to award a new West Coast franchise to transport company FirstGroup.
Virgin has operated the line since 1997, but FirstGroup will take over the 13-year contract from December.
Speaking from Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson said the decision to take legal action was a 'last resort'.
FirstGroup says it has 'every confidence' in the Department for Transport's process, which it describes as 'rigorous, detailed and fair' and in which bids are 'thoroughly tested'.
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