Keep East Coast main line in public hands, says York MP

Rail services on the East Coast main line should not be returned to the private sector, a York MP has said.

Services on the Yorkshire to London line have been run by a publicly owned company since National Express handed back the franchise to the Government in 2009.

Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Today in the Commons, York Central MP Hugh Bayley urged ministers to_ _"look at the feasibility of running a public sector franchise on the East Coast for a period to compare like-for-like with a private franchise on the West Coast line".

Rail minister Simon Burns said that details of future franchises would be announced "in the spring of this year".