East Coast main line to be privatised

The East Coast main line, which passes through East Anglia, is expected to be back in private hands in less than two years.

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Bidding starts to run East Coast main line

The East Coast main line, which runs through Stevenage and Peterborough, is to be re-privatised under plans announced by the Government.

The franchise has in the past been given up twice by the private sector, with the line being run by the Department for Transport since the end of 2009.

A bidding competition has now started with a new operator expected to be in place by February 2015.

Did Beeching save the railways or damage them? We want your views.

Dr Richard Beeching holding aloft a copy of the pamphlet 'The Reshaping of British Railways', in Marylebone, London. Credit: PA

Fifty years ago Dr Richard Beeching's report 'The Reshaping of British Railways' changed the country's rail network forever.

Dr Beeching had made it his job to "make the railways pay", and around 2,000 stations were axed.

Did Beeching save a bankrupt railway or did he damage them for the future? What do you think? Do you have memories of the Beeching cuts? Send all your comments to anglianews@itv.com

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