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    Stagecoach east coast rail deal to end early.

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    papa_umau
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    Stagecoach east coast rail deal to end early.

    Post by papa_umau on Tue 06 Feb 2018, 12:22 pm

    Stagecoach East Coast rail franchise to be closed down.

    Stagecoach's contract to run the East Coast Mainline rail franchise will end earlier than expected after the government said the operator had "got its numbers wrong".

    Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said Stagecoach would continue running the London to Edinburgh line only for "a small number of months and no more".

    He said the government may step in to run the service.

    He added that the day-to-day operation of the line would be unaffected.

    The East Coast Mainline franchise was taken into public ownership in 2009 after being run and failed by National Express

    Get the full story from the BBC HERE




    It seems to me that this government will do anything but nationalise the railways, as they should always have been.

    Offloading rail franchises to private companies almost always fails and one would think that the government would be aware of this.

    One to watch for the future I think.


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    Re: Stagecoach east coast rail deal to end early.

    Post by zathrus on Fri 09 Feb 2018, 12:25 pm

    As soon as Stagecoach went onto the rails they started to go "off the rails". They should have stayed as bus and coach operators.

    Virgin seem to have the right idea but they do not have a controlling interest in the East coast traffic.

    When National Express failed, the route should have been fully nationalised instead of just selling it off cheap to the private sector again.
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    Re: Stagecoach east coast rail deal to end early.

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 11 Feb 2018, 12:32 pm

    There has been great talk recently by Jeremy Corbyn and others that all of the public services should be nationalised .

    The left wing have always said this but so far it has never happened.


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    Re: Stagecoach east coast rail deal to end early.

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 17 Feb 2018, 11:58 am

    As Zathrus rightly said: The government have already had two bites of this particular cherry with National Express and Stagecoach both failing the franchise.

    I say take this east coast franchise in-house and do not put it out for tender again.
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    Re: Stagecoach east coast rail deal to end early.

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 18 Feb 2018, 11:57 am

    Got to agree with Jeremy Corbyn and yourself Angie that all of our essential services should be re-nationalised so that the profit motive is taken out of the equation.

    Most of the European countries can do it, so why can we not do it too ?


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    Re: Stagecoach east coast rail deal to end early.

    Post by Hell's Granny on Tue 27 Feb 2018, 11:32 am

    We need to re nationalise as many of our previously State owned businesses as possible, in order to refill the 'pot' we always used to have as an emergency reserve. Since our Industries and money earning businesses were sold off, we have been sliding down and down.
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    Re: Stagecoach east coast rail deal to end early.

    Post by papa_umau on Tue 27 Feb 2018, 12:34 pm

    I totally agree on this too, but the actual cost of taking back all of the private contacts under the public purse for re-nationalisation would cost a fortune.

    Very few of the governments of the past have been prepared to do that.


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