Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Join Fight to Keep Line Publicly Run; Views of the North

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Join Fight to Keep Line Publicly Run; Views of the North

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I AM delighted to reassure Geoff Holmes (Views of the North, June 11) that there are already campaigners working to stop the re-privatisation of the East Coast Main Line rail service.

Geoff's letter was a very welcome response to the recent article in which Transport Minister Simon Burns insisted that the privatisation would go ahead as planned ("Scrap plan to sell off line, says MP", The Journal, June 6).

Geoff can get involved with the campaign by linking up with our Tyne and Wear Public Transport Users Group.

We have taken a strong position that East Coast must continue in public hands, as it has proved that it is better than the private companies for both passengers and taxpayers.

We were, in fact, meeting with a senior East Coast director on the afternoon of June 6 and he told us that passenger satisfaction is at a record high (92% overall).

Of course, the terrible weather we had last winter has affected performance badly and Network Rail must invest more to make the line more resilient in these chaotic climate times, which will save money in the long run. …

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