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Government takes over East Coast rail service

  • Published: Wednesday, 1 July 2009

The government has taken over the East Coast rail service after the company that runs the rail franchise went into insolvency. The government is setting up a publicly-owned company to take over the franchise and make sure trains keep on running. All tickets will be honoured.  

East Coast rail service

"Services will continue without disruption and all tickets will be honoured."

The government has taken over the East Coast rail service after National Express decided not to invest more money in National Express East Coast, the subsidiary that runs the line. As a result, National Express East Coast is no longer able to continue its franchise agreement to its full term.

To make sure there is no disruption to service, Transport Minister Sadiq Khan said the government is setting up a publicly-owned company to take over the running of the East Coast rail service.

National Express will continue to run the service until the date the the new East Coast Main Line company takes over.

There will be no interruption of services and all staff will transfer to the new compamy.

Sadiq Khan said: “I can assure the travelling public that services will continue without disruption and all tickets will be honoured.”

The government plans to tender for a new East Coast franchise operator from the end of 2010.

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