East Coast rail route through Notts brought back under public control

East Coast rail route through Notts brought back under public control

The loss-making service is being renamed London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) which is the name used by the company that operated the line before BR in the late 1940s.

The original London and North Eastern Railway was the second largest of the groups created by the Railways Act 1921. The main workshops were in Darlington, Doncaster, Gateshead, Inverurie and Stratford, London.

Grayling also said that the government was assessing options for transferring some Govia Thameslink Railway commuter services operating on the ECML to LNER when the TSGN franchise ends in 2021 and enhanced cross-London services have been implemented under the Thameslink Programme.

Mr Grayling told Parliament Stagecoach and VTEC would have lost over £200 million and suffered considerable "reputational price" due to the failed rail service.

Virgin Trains East Coast - a joint venture between Stagecoach (90%) and Virgin (10%) - was awarded the franchise to run trains for eight years in 2014.

"We have now been advised by the Department for Transport that the Secretary of State for Transport plans to announce today that he intends to appoint the "Operator of Last Resort" to operate the InterCity East Coast trains services", Stagecoach said in a statement today.

The companies promised to pay £3.3bn to run the franchise until 2023, but at the end of a year ago it become clear they were running into trouble.

"When it is fully formed. the new LNER operation will be a partnership between the public and private sectors".

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Transport Minister Chris Grayling tried to appeal to both parties on Wednesday with a promise that after a spell under government control, he would set up a new "partnership between the public and private sectors" to run the line.

In August 2007, National Express agreed a £1.4bn deal, but then handed it back to the government in 2009 amid the financial crisis.

"Andy McDonald, Labour's shadow transport secretary, said Mr Grayling had "gifted" Stagecoach and Virgin a "£2bn bailout".

Today's announcement, the third time in a decade that a private train operator has failed to see out its contract on the East Coast line, this highlights that lessons have not been learnt from previous flawed attempts.

Mr Grayling said: "The route continues to generate substantial returns for the government".

The line runs through Peterborough, Lincoln, Doncaster, Hull, Leeds, York, Newcastle and onto Scotland.

Following widespread criticism of Virgin and Stagecoach, Grayling has made the decision not to penalise the groups, saying an independent panel has found "no suggestion of either malpractice or malicious intent in what has happened".

This will be in the long-term interests of passengers - as every member of staff on the railway will be exclusively focused on delivering an excellent service for the future. He said season tickets, timetables and employment conditions would remain unchanged.

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