Success! Or is it?

1st June 2018 | Fundraising / Media Coverage / News

London North Eastern Railway

On 16 May 2018, one month after we launched our Crowd Justice campaign to take Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to court over his handling of the Virgin Trains East Coast franchise fiasco, it was announced in the media that the route would be ‘re-nationalised’, as LNER (London North Eastern Railway) from 24 June 2018.

Success! Or is it? It later emerged that the new LNER franchise (unlike ‘East Coast’, which ran the line from 2009-15 and was wholly publicly-owned by the Department for Transport), would be run by a consortium of private companies: Arup, Ernst & Young and SNC-Lavalin.

Our legal action continues. Our lawyers have now written to Government for a forth time: to request further information about the new LNER arrangement, as well as the ongoing review of the suitability of Stagecoach and Virgin to retain their franchise ‘Passports’, given the dramatic failure of their Virgin Trains East Coast operation after just three years.

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Our Lawyers’ Letters

5 March 2018: Leigh Day to Department for Transport
16 April 2018: Leigh Day to Department for Transport (Pre-Action Protocol)
15 May 2018: Leigh Day to Government Legal Department
1 June 2018: Leigh Day to Government Legal Department
17 July 2018: Leigh Day to Government Legal Department

Our Case in the News

18 April 2018: The Canary (Interview with Ellie Harrison of Bring Back British Rail)
19 April 2018: BBC News
19 April 2018: ITV News
19 April 2018: City AM
16 May 2018: Financial Times