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Campaigners and rail unions have handed over a petition, signed by more than 23,000, calling for the main East Coast rail line to remain in public hands.
The route, which connects the North East with London and Edinburgh, has been in the public sector since 2009.
Joint protests were held in Newcastle earlier and the capital against plans to re-privatise East Coast.
More than 23,000 people have signed a petition, demanding the East Coast mainline is kept in public hands.
The service, which runs from London to Edinburgh, is currently run by Directly Operated Railways, but the government wants to sell the franchise to private bidders.
Campaigners for the public ownership of the East Coast Mainline are staging a protest at Newcastle Central Station.
Earlier, campaigners handed the petition to the Department of Transport.