The current government agrees with Maria Eagle's Labour predecessors who were always completely clear that taking East Coast into public ownership was only ever a temporary measure.
Like them, we recognise that franchising has delivered huge benefits to rail travellers, with passenger numbers doubling and major improvements in safety.
With £240 million allocated for investment in infrastructure improvements on the East Coast line, as well as a fleet of new long distance trains, it is now the right time for an innovative private sector partner to be introduced to capitalise on these opportunities and maximise the benefits for passengers.
The Labour Party needs to tell people whether they still believe in franchising or whether they would like to take our railways back to the dark days of British Rail."
More top news
A charity has offered campaigners a lifeline in their bid to save a 150-year-old oak tree from being felled in Sheffield.
Lincoln has been awarded a £1million grant in a bid to encourage more US tourists to visit.
Elise Donoghue was reported missing at 8.39pm yesterday evening after leaving her drama class at the York Theatre Royal.