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Overhaul of entire rail franchising system

Today's announcement for the East Coast franchise comes as the Transport Secretary unveils plans to overhaul the entire rail franchising system.

  • It includes a detailed timetable for all rail franchises over the next 8 years
  • Provide long-term certainty to the market
  • Deliver on the independent Brown Review of rail reform
  • Put passengers at the heart of the revitalised system

The changes comes after the Government took a U-turn on the decision to award FirstGroup the West Coast Mainline, after finding "significant technical flaws" in the way the bid was handled.

East Coast Mainline disruption after power lines problems

East Coast Mainline rail passengers are experiencing severe disruption after overhead power lines caused disruption between Stevenage and Hitchin.

All routes through Stevenage have been affected.

Some passengers whose journeys have been disrupted have taken to Twitter to voice their frustration.

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Whole East Coast mainline is down. Stuck in Leeds. Don't wait up @realstonerlucy

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Mate about to turn up 2.5 hours late because of lines down at #Hitchin. I could walk from Hitchin to Stevenage in less than 2.5 hours.

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