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Fresh call for rail re-nationalisation after East Coast mainline comes back under government control

The East Coast mainline has been re-nationalised for the third time after successive private companies failed to keep the trains running. Credit: ITV News

There have been fresh calls from the Labour party for the rail network to be re-nationalised as the East East mainline through Stevenage and Peterborough came back under government control.

Stagecoach and Virgin agreed to pay £3.3 billion to run the franchise until 2023 but the contract was ended prematurely after they failed to hit revenue targets.

Now the line has been re-nationalised for the third time after successive private companies failed to keep the trains running.

The company now running the line is know as London North Eastern Railway (LNER) and will be run by the same managing director, David Horne.

Labour were campaigning at stations calling for the re-nationalisation of all the private rail operating companies.

  • Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers

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Rail commuters to get compensation for timetable chaos

Rail commuters are to be compensated for the chaos caused by the train timetable shake-up. Credit: ITV News

Rail commuters are to be compensated for the chaos caused by the train timetable shake-up.

The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced an inquiry into what went wrong.

Thousands of Govia Thameslink and Great Northern services have been affected by the timetable changes which have led to delays, cancellations and frustration both on platforms across the East.

MPs from the Anglia region have lined up in the House of Commons to criticise the problems.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson

Passengers told to expect bank holiday rail disruption

Bank holiday rail disruption Credit: PA Images

Rail passengers are being encouraged to check their route before they travel this bank holiday (May 26-28).

Network Rail will be carrying out engineering works. It means train time times will be altered and some journeys are expected to be longer.

Replacement buses will run between Ipswich and Felixstowe and some lines into Liverpool Street will be closed.

For the latest changes check the Greater Anglia website.

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Britain's least busy station sees 13-fold increase in passenger numbers

Shippea Hill has lost its title as Britain's least used railway station. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A tiny railway station which nestles in the flat landscape of the Cambridgeshire Fens has seen passenger numbers soar by an incredible 1200%.

Shippea Hill station is a request stop between Ely and Lakenheath and in 2015/16 was the least-used station in the UK rail network with just 12 passengers.

That number has now leapt to 156 passengers in the latest data from the Office of Road and Rail following publicity about the low figures.

Shippea Hill between Ely and Lakenheath had 156 passengers in 2016/17. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A railway station in Angus, Scotland is now the least used in Britain. Just 24 passengers travelled to or from Barry Links station in 2016/17.

London Waterloo maintained its title as the country's busiest station for the 14th consecutive year. with 99.4 million passengers across the forecourt in a year.

Back on track: The half million pound solution to autumn leaves delaying the trains

Leaves on the line make the tracks slippery meaning trains can't speed up or slow down properly. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It is the time of the year when train delays and cancellations are blamed on leaves on the line.

It may seem a poor excuse but rail companies say it can be as dangerous as black ice on the roads.

Some are already running limited services as this year's leaf fall has come early. But Greater Anglia say half a million pounds of investment means they're stopping the problem in its tracks

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