Monday, 28 May, 2018

UK Government To Nationalise East Coast Rail Service

Exclusive: Government to 'renationalise' East Coast rail after string of failures East Coast Mainline: Government Expected To Renationalise One Of Britain's Busiest Railway Lines
Steven Clarke | 16 May, 2018, 16:54

All tickets booked with Virgin Trains East Coast will be valid on all London North Eastern Railway.

Services were run by the DfT for six years up to VTEC taking over in 2015.

"We will work constructively with the department of transport and the operator of last resort in the weeks ahead to ensure a professional transfer to the new arrangements, supporting our employees and maintaining the same clear focus on our customers as we have over the past three years".

He said: "I am creating a new board with an independent chair to oversee the operation of the LNER route and work with my Department on building the new partnership".

"I will appoint an interim chair shortly, and then begin the recruitment process for a long term appointment".

But Stagecoach reported losses on the line and in November past year Grayling announced that the franchise would be terminated in 2020 and become a public-private railway.

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"In all circumstances ownership of the infrastructure will remain in the public sector, but the railway is at its strongest when it is a genuine partnership between public and private".

"This is not because the route is failing".

"The route has its challenges, but it is not a failing railway. Virgin and Stagecoach will do very nicely out of this "not for profit" contract - [and] it is a real scandal if they get it, since they have just been given a £2 billion bailout from their previous contract". They will have lost almost £200 million meeting their contracted commitments.

Trains on the East Coast Mainline will gradually transfer to LNER branding from VTEC branding.

The failure of the current East Coast contract under the pro-privatization Conservative government plays into the hands of the opposition Labour party who have pledged to nationalize industries like rail and water.

The public transport operator said the UK Department for Transport has chose to appoint "Operator of Last Resort" for the East Coast train service and is "no longer considering" entering into a new franchise contract due to heavy losses incurred by Stagecoach and Virgin.

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