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Labour calls for East Coast rail franchise to stay public

The shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle has called for train services on the East Coast main line to remain in government hands.

The previous franchise for the line, the principal rail artery between London and Edinburgh, was ended by former transport secretary Andrew Adonis in 2009, who handed the running of train services to the new publicly owned company operating under the name East Coast. At the time, the government suggested that this was a temporary move and that...

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