Jim McGovern : East Coast franchise to be handed to Virgin & Stagecoach
27 November 2014
Speaking on the matter, Jim McGovern said:
“The fact that the Government are giving the East Coast franchise to a private company and not allowing East Coast, operated by the public sector an opportunity to bid is simply disgraceful.
“East Coast has been a resounding success since National Express withdrew in 2009, with high levels of passenger satisfaction and a return of almost £1 billion to the taxpayer by 2015 that will be reinvested in the railways.
“However, this ideologically driven Government seem determined to ignore the evidence that East Coast is successful, and under this Government we have had the shambolic handling of the West Coast Mainline franchise, above inflation rail fares, staff cuts and ticket office closures.”