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Privatisation for rail route

The East Coast Main Line rail route is to be put back into private ownership after a long period under state control, the government will confirm this week.

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Labour criticise East Coast privatisation plans

Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, Maria Eagle MP, has criticised the Conservative's plan to privatise the East Coast Main Line franchise when it's already 'on track'.

The line is currently operated by the Government, after two previous private franchise deals with GNER and National Express.

With the Government’s rail franchising programme in chaos, it is a bizarre and dogmatic decision to prioritise the privatisation of a service that is actually on track.

Since running services on a not for private profit basis, the East Coast operator has returned £640m to the taxpayer and invested more than £40m in improvements to the service.

It’s clear that the Government has learnt nothing from the franchising fiasco that could eventually see more than £100m of taxpayers’ money go down the drain as a result of ministerial incompetence.

– Maria Eagle MP, Shadow Transport Secretary

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