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National Express condemned

26 June 2014

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has condemned the award of the Essex Thameside, or c2c, services between London and south Essex to the bus company National Express. Mick said: ‘It’s outrageous that the DfT has awarded a 15 year franchise to a company which cocked up the East Coast, walking away and leaving passengers in the lurch and costing the taxpayer millions.’

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Positive response to ASLEF LGBT RC motion

25 June 2014

A motion on discrimination in survivor pensions, submitted by ASLEF, will be debated at the TUC LGBT conference this morning. Already the response to our LGBT representative committee’s motion has been extremely positive and the TUC have launched a campaign on the subject.

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East Coast number 1

25 June 2014

East Coast – which has returned £1 billion to the Treasury since being brought back into public ownership – has been voted Britain’s best train company by rail passengers. It beat all the privatised train companies in the long distance section of the National Rail Passenger Survey run by Passenger Focus. Mick Whelan said: ‘This gives more impetus to all of us who are demanding the East Coast main line stays in public hands for the good of the travelling public – and the Treasury.’

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First Great Western Farce

25 June 2014

ASLEF has today submitted its views to the Department for Transport’s consultation on the future of the Great Western franchise. In our response we state that the direct award of this franchise will result in operator First Group receiving a guaranteed income with virtually no risk and no incentive to actually improve performance.

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Trainline sale

24 June 2014

The private equity owners of Trainline, the rail booking system created by Virgin and Stagecoach, are reported to be lining up a £400 million flotation. Exponent Private Equity began to tout the business in 2010 but slammed on the brakes in 2012 after attracting a highest bid of only £250m....

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