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A four year old boy whose life was saved by blood donors, is calling on people to make a very special gift this Christmas time.
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Hull MP Diana Johnson claims the city has been "left out" of plans to improve the east coast rail network.
Today it was announced the routes would be privatised with a consortium involving Virgin and Stagecoach taking over from March 2015.
Hull has been left out again in this announcement about the East Coast Line. There are no extra Hull-London or Hull-Newcastle services in this privatisation and we’re still threatened with Transpennine route cuts in order to benefit Southern England.
Worse still, there was no further news about getting Hull’s rail electrification done in time for the City of Culture 2017, so that Hull could benefit from new rolling stock that’s been promised for other parts of the country. It wasn’t a promising sign recently when the Deputy Prime Minister appeared unaware that Hull’s upgrade scheme is privately financed!
More generally, taxpayers and the travelling public have been sold short in an East Coast franchising process shouldn’t have happened. East Coast has returned over £800m to the taxpayer and has established itself as one of the best train operating companies in the country.
Rather than rigging the franchise timetable in order to sell it off before the Election, the Government should have been putting the public interest first and working to get a better deal for passengers.
The transport union the RMT has criticised the re-privatisation of the East Coast mainline. North of England representative Craig Johnston said they had heard similar promises before from franchise holders which had not been fulfilled.
For Craig Johnston's full comments click below.
Two Lincolnshire MPs have welcomed news that the new franchise running East Coast trains will increase services, but say it could go further.
Gainsborough MP Edward Leigh and Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy say new services should include routes to Grimsby:
Wakefield MP Mary Creagh has urged the government to put a halt to plans to sell the East Coast trains franchise, despite a consortium involving Stagecoach and Virgin being announced as the new owners.
Ms. Creagh, who was Shadow Secretary of State for Transport until recently, said that the contract had not yet been signed and there was still time for the government to reverse the decision:
The taxpayer and Wakefield rail passengers have been sold down the river by the government. Publicly run East Coast will have returned over £1billion to the taxpayer and is one of the best train operating companies in the country.
The contract has not yet been signed and Labour is calling for the franchise process to be halted. It’s absurd that our own public operator is the only rail company in the world barred from challenging to run its own services.
Labour has challenged this ideological nonsense. We would legislate to allow a not-for-profit public sector operator to take on and challenge train operators on a level playing field.
The Director of Corporate Affairs for the Virgin Group Richard Scott has outlined the benefits which will come from the new east coast train franchise.
He says it will mean faster journeys in refurbished trains. And you'll be abe to order food from your seat with a new phone app, he says.
For Richard Scott's full comments click below.
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