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Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers has been speaking to Calendar about plans to open up the East Coast mainline to franchise bids.
Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle has been speaking to Calendar about her concern that franchising the East Coast Mainline will not benefit passengers.
York MP Hugh Bayley has been speaking to Calendar about the announcement to open the East Coast mainline to franchise bids.
Virgin confirms it is planning to bid for the East Coast line franchise.
Maria Eagle MP, Shadow Transport Secretary, has responded to the Government’s plans for rail franchising:
Cleaners working for contractors on the East Coast Mainline will be going on strike later this week as part of an ongoing row about contracts.
The strike will begin at 00:01 on Friday 29 March until 23:59 on Saturday 30 March.
Transport Minister Simon Burns has been speaking to us about the Government's announcement to open bids to take over the running of the East Coast mainline.
Rail unions reacted with dismay to the East Coast news, pointing out that the private sector had twice given up the franchise, with GNER pulling out some years ago.
They also highlighted the fact that the taxpayer is likely to have to foot a bill as high as £50 million over the botched West Coast franchise.
The East Coast main line is expected to be back in private hands in less than two years under rail franchise plans announced by the Government.
The line has been run under the control of the Department for Transport since November 2009 after transport company National Express pulled out.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced the start of a bidding competition for the East Coast franchise with an expected start of service by the new operator in February 2015.
He also published a detailed timetable for all rail franchise arrangements over the next eight years, following a major review after the West Coast bidding process had to be abandoned last year.