Rail update statement: 16 May 2018

16 May 2018

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling updated the House on the East Coast Main Line franchise on 16 May 2018.

He told the House, "I will terminate Virgin Trains East Coast’s contract on 24 June 2018. I plan to use a period of operator of last resort control to shape the new partnership".

Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald responded on behalf of the Opposition, saying, "I am just sorry that the Secretary of State will not accept the stark staringly obvious answer: an integrated railway under public ownership, run for passengers, not for profit".

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