Privatising East Coast Main Line would be 'a new great train robbery' - Consett councillor

Darlington and Stockton Times: Privatising East Coast Main Line would be 'a new great train robbery' - Consett councillor Privatising East Coast Main Line would be 'a new great train robbery' - Consett councillor

A LABOUR council has urged the Government to abandon plans to re-privatise the East Coast Main Line.

Durham County Council today (Wednesday, January 8) passed a motion calling on the Coalition to keep the line in “public hands as a public sector comparator for other franchised rail networks and as a significant contributor to the public purse”.

Delves Lane member Bob Glass, who tabled the motion, said: “The Government isn’t just on the wrong track on this one – it’s heading full steam towards disaster.

“Since returning to public ownership the East Coast Main Line has paid more than £600m into the Treasury’s coffers and will have put more than £800m into the public purse by the end of the financial year and £1bn by the end of this Parliament – privatisation would be a new great train robbery.”

The London to Edinburgh line has been run by state-owned Directly Operated Railways (DOR) since private operator National Express failed to meet agreed payments in 2009.

The Government is offering the franchise to private bidders from February 2015, saying this would be the best move for passengers.

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5:54pm Wed 8 Jan 14

behonest says...

All the travelling public are concerned about is the quality of the train service they receive, in exchange for the fare they have to pay. It makes no difference whether it is in 'public' hands (which simply means controlled by government and trade unions, not the 'public') or whether it is privatised.

Does DCC know exactly what bids are going to come in? How much will come in to the coffers by privatising it? What impact this will have on fares and service? If they do, then please let us know so that we can make a proper comparison.

This seems to be more about leftie Labour ideology than about what is right for rail passengers and the taxpayer.
All the travelling public are concerned about is the quality of the train service they receive, in exchange for the fare they have to pay. It makes no difference whether it is in 'public' hands (which simply means controlled by government and trade unions, not the 'public') or whether it is privatised. Does DCC know exactly what bids are going to come in? How much will come in to the coffers by privatising it? What impact this will have on fares and service? If they do, then please let us know so that we can make a proper comparison. This seems to be more about leftie Labour ideology than about what is right for rail passengers and the taxpayer. behonest

8:21pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

behonest wrote:
All the travelling public are concerned about is the quality of the train service they receive, in exchange for the fare they have to pay. It makes no difference whether it is in 'public' hands (which simply means controlled by government and trade unions, not the 'public') or whether it is privatised.

Does DCC know exactly what bids are going to come in? How much will come in to the coffers by privatising it? What impact this will have on fares and service? If they do, then please let us know so that we can make a proper comparison.

This seems to be more about leftie Labour ideology than about what is right for rail passengers and the taxpayer.
"Delves Lane member Bob Glass, who tabled the motion, said: “The Government isn’t just on the wrong track on this one – it’s heading full steam towards disaster."

In 2007 when GNER threw the towel in, which Government went onto the wrong track and headed full steam into the buffers when they handed National Express the franchise? A clue, Begins with L, ends in r, and may have at the time had Nu at the beginning!!
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: All the travelling public are concerned about is the quality of the train service they receive, in exchange for the fare they have to pay. It makes no difference whether it is in 'public' hands (which simply means controlled by government and trade unions, not the 'public') or whether it is privatised. Does DCC know exactly what bids are going to come in? How much will come in to the coffers by privatising it? What impact this will have on fares and service? If they do, then please let us know so that we can make a proper comparison. This seems to be more about leftie Labour ideology than about what is right for rail passengers and the taxpayer.[/p][/quote]"Delves Lane member Bob Glass, who tabled the motion, said: “The Government isn’t just on the wrong track on this one – it’s heading full steam towards disaster." In 2007 when GNER threw the towel in, which Government went onto the wrong track and headed full steam into the buffers when they handed National Express the franchise? A clue, Begins with L, ends in r, and may have at the time had Nu at the beginning!! Jackaranda

9:41am Thu 9 Jan 14

David Lacey says...

GNER holding company (Sea Containers) had to quit because of losses in other parts of their shipping business. By common consent the service being provided was excellent. The current holders of the franchise are also doing well, so it seems to me that what matters is NOT the public/private issue, but which organisation can best IMPROVE an already OK service. The first of the new IEP Hitachi trains will be introduced by 2018, replacing the existing stock of diesel HSTs and electric IC225 type 91s. The new franchise holders will therefore have a fabulous opportunity. Incidentally there is a second plan for an open access operator to run an hourly Pendolino service from Edinburgh to London - FASTER THAN THE USELESS HS2 WOULD BE.
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Exciting times for the East Coast Main Line.
GNER holding company (Sea Containers) had to quit because of losses in other parts of their shipping business. By common consent the service being provided was excellent. The current holders of the franchise are also doing well, so it seems to me that what matters is NOT the public/private issue, but which organisation can best IMPROVE an already OK service. The first of the new IEP Hitachi trains will be introduced by 2018, replacing the existing stock of diesel HSTs and electric IC225 type 91s. The new franchise holders will therefore have a fabulous opportunity. Incidentally there is a second plan for an open access operator to run an hourly Pendolino service from Edinburgh to London - FASTER THAN THE USELESS HS2 WOULD BE. . Exciting times for the East Coast Main Line. David Lacey

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