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Regular news: Issue 604 31 Aug 2012

Labour backs public rail ownership

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 when he 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 the franchise...

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