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Transport Secretary: 'Stagecoach and Virgin will deliver '

The Transport Secretary has said he believes the East Coast announcement is good for the taxpayer. A consortium involving Virgin Trains and Stagecoach will run the East Coast main line franchise from next year. Patrick McLoughlin says £38billion will be spent on the network.

“This is a fantastic deal for passengers and for staff on this vital route. It gives passengers more seats, more services and new trains.

“We are putting passengers at the heart of the service. I believe Stagecoach and Virgin will not only deliver for customers but also for the British taxpayer.

“This government knows the importance of our railways. That is why they are a vital part of our long term economic plan, with over £38 billion being spent on the network over the next five years.”

– Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

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Stagecoach promise new, faster services on East Coast

Stagecoach are pledging faster and more frequent trains, and new services following the announcement the firm, along with Virgin Trains, have won the franchise to run the East Coast mainline.

The franchise has been run by the Department for Transport since 2009.

"Passengers using the East Coast mainline will benefit from hundreds of millions of pounds of infrastructure investment and service improvements over the next decade.

"Together with Virgin, our innovative plans will give customers new services, faster and more frequent trains, and easier, more personalised journeys.

"We will be investing in the committed East Coast people who will be joining our team, as well as delivering major programmes to help young people, communities and small businesses along one of Britain's most important routes. "We will match world-class customer service by giving a big boost to taxpayers with increased payments to Government.”

– Martin Griffiths, Chief Executive of Stagecoach Group

Brave children recognised in Newcastle ceremony

St James' Park. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The bravery and courage of 26 of our most deserving and inspirational children will be recognised later today (November 27) at a special ceremony at St James' Park in Newcastle.

Each child will receive a Brave Hearts crystal plinth in recognition of the inspirational courage and strength they have shown in battling illness or adversity.

Virgin Trains and Stagecoach to run East Coast main line

A consortium involving Virgin Trains and Stagecoach will run the East Coast main line franchise from next year.

There had been speculation that French company Keolis and Eurotunnel had been chosen. The consortium will take over in March.

The decision marks the return to the private sector for East Coast, which has been run by the Department for Transport since 2009.

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North Yorks Police launch rural crime prevention booklet

Rural crime prevention booklet

North Yorkshire Police has produced a video to promote the launch of a new rural crime prevention booklet.

The booklet is part of the force’s Rural Crime Strategy and has been launched following consultation with the public who said that they wanted rural crime to be a key priority for the police.

The video features two police officers, who have responsibility for rural crime, giving security advice to a farmer.

The booklet gives advice on building security, both farmhouse and outbuildings, as well as keeping hedges and gates in good order, protecting vehicles, tools and equipment. It also provides guidance on ensuring that livestock, horses and dogs are marked. Advice on how wildlife can be protected and what people should do if they find snares and traps or evidence of poaching.

It also contains a directory of useful numbers of agencies they can contact for further advice.

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