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Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to reports that the Government is planning to launch a franchise competition to run InterCity East Coast services, said:
“With the Government’s rail franchising programme in chaos, it is a bizarre and dogmatic decision to prioritise the privatisation of a service that is actually on track. Since running services on a not for private profit basis, the East Coast operator has returned £640million to the taxpayer and invested more than £40million in improvements to the service, achieving some of the best results for passengers since records began.
“It’s clear that the Government has learnt nothing from the franchising fiasco that could eventually see more than £100million of taxpayers’ money go down the drain as a result of Ministerial incompetence.”

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