The Government's confirmed today that the East Coast main line, which runs through Peterborough and Stevenage, will be put out to tender after four years in public ownership. Not everyone's happy about it. Watch Elodie Harper's report.
A transport union boss has described the Government's announcement to privatise the East Coast main line as "profiteering".
General secretary of the RMT Bob Crow said: "Despite wasting hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money on the franchising circus, and instead of learning the lessons of the privatisation disasters on the East and West Coast main lines and across the rest of the network,
the Government has this morning given the green light to a whole new wave of profiteering that will have the train companies laughing all the way to the bank."
The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said privatising the East Coast main line would put passengers "in the driving seat".
Mr McLoughlin said: "This programme is a major step in delivering tangible improvements to services, providing long-term certainty to the market and supporting our huge programme of rail investment.
"Above all, in future franchise competitions we are placing passengers in the driving seat by ensuring that their views and satisfaction levels are taken into account when deciding which companies run our railway services."
The East Coast main line that runs through Stevenage and Peterborough will be one of the first in the country to get new trains after the government confirmed a £4.5bn deal has been agreed to build new rolling stock.