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    East Coast train line to be put into public control


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    Rail services on East Coast Main Line are being brought back under UK government control, operator Stagecoach Group says.

    Stagecoach, which runs the franchise with Virgin Trains, said it has been advised that an "operator of last resort" would be appointed to the London to Edinburgh service.

    Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling is expected to make a statement to parliament shortly."

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      Now for Southern!!!
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      Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Run View Post
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      Now for Southern!!!
      I might be wrong but Southern isn't a franchise anyway. They just manage the route on behalf of the government.
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      Good.

      The private sector has completely failed here. KEEP it in public ownership now.
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      Old news this has been known for a good few months
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      The franchise has been given to London and North East Railway (LNER). The old LNER was disbanded in 1947, and this is effectively an 'off-the-shelf' dormant DfT company.

      It's a private limited company which, until February was trading as 'DFT OLR1 Ltd', and has its registered office at the Department for Transport.

      By the looks of things, this franchise appears to have shades of a similar set-up in the way Southern / Thameslink operate - a business model even the ubiquitous Peter Wilkinson (himself a director of LNER) said wouldn't be repeated. Let's hope not. We shall see.
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      I guarantee delays and cancellations will be no better under a nationalised rail network. Claiming compensation will be worse, because of course it is partly state-owned, and where there's government interference there's copious bureaucracy to negotiate with each claim.

      Nationalisation in the 90s wasn't all that, surely?
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      I guarantee delays and cancellations will be no better under a nationalised rail network. Claiming compensation will be worse, because of course it is partly state-owned, and where there's government interference there's copious bureaucracy to negotiate with each claim.

      Nationalisation in the 90s wasn't all that, surely?
      pre-privatisation rail was perfect. trains where clean, comfortable and quick, always ran on time and had gourmet buffet cars. friendly British Rail staff did everything in their power to make a pleasant trip and never any disputes. we can look forward to return of those halcyon days of rail.
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      We'll sell the buggers back again
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      pre-privatisation rail was perfect. trains where clean, comfortable and quick, always ran on time and had gourmet buffet cars. friendly British Rail staff did everything in their power to make a pleasant trip and never any disputes. we can look forward to return of those halcyon days of rail.
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