Keep East Coast line public - Consett councillor

Darlington and Stockton Times: Keep East Coast line public - Consett councillor Keep East Coast line public - Consett councillor

A COUNCILLOR is calling on the Government to abandon its plans to re-privatise the East Coast rail line.

Bob Glass, a Labour member of Durham County Council, has tabled a motion to be debated at January’s full council meeting (Wednesday, January 8).

It urges the Labour-led authority to call on Patrick McLoughlin, the Conservative Transport Secretary, to maintain the line in “public hands as a public sector comparator for other franchised rail networks and as a significant contributor to the public purse”.

The London to Edinburgh line is currently run by the state-owned Directly Operated Railways (DOR), but the Government is offering the franchise to private bidders from February 2015.

Recent figures show DOR paid more than £208m into the Government’s coffers over the last year, taking the total generated since 2009 to £640m.

DOR stepped in to run the line in 2009 after private operator National Express failed to meet agreed payments.

The Department for Transport says re-privatisation will the best option for passengers and the taxpayer.

Coun Glass represents Delves Lane, Consett.

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2:26pm Fri 27 Dec 13

oliviaden6 says...

This Line has struggled for years and still needs money spent on it but at the end of the day IT IS MAKING MONEY for the government.Why oh Why does it need to be sold to the private sector who will screw the public with high fare rises and soak away any profits in bonuses and fat cat pay packets for the few.
Leave it where it is and put public money into new rolling stock and track upgrading and it will make even more for the public purse.
This Line has struggled for years and still needs money spent on it but at the end of the day IT IS MAKING MONEY for the government.Why oh Why does it need to be sold to the private sector who will screw the public with high fare rises and soak away any profits in bonuses and fat cat pay packets for the few. Leave it where it is and put public money into new rolling stock and track upgrading and it will make even more for the public purse. oliviaden6

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