Campaign to Keep LNER Public
The InterCity East Coast franchise includes long distance services operating on the East Coast Main Line. In June 2018, following our campaigning and legal pressure, the franchise was taken back under public sector control, after its previous private operator, Virgin Trains East Coast, failed. Branded as London North Eastern Railway (LNER), the franchise is currently operated on behalf of the Department for Transport by its so-called “Operator of Last Resort”, a partnership of Arup Group, EY and SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit, which also now operates the Northern, Southeasternand TransPennine Express franchises. Although the government had intended to hand the franchise over to a public-private partnership in 2020, LNER was awarded an extension to continue running services until 2023 (with a possible extension to 2025).
• Do you use the London North Eastern Railway (LNER) service regularly?
• Do you want it to remain in public hands and become part of a re-unified national rail network run for people not profit?
• Then, please get involved in campaigns below.
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Existing Campaigns / Groups:
• Make East Coast Public (join us on Facebook)