National Express to be stripped of East Anglia franchise

26 November 2009

Train drivers union ASLEF applauded Transport Secretary Lord Adonis’s announcement today (26th November) that he intends to strip National Express of the East Anglia franchise three years earlier than planned in March 2011 as well as tender for the renewal of the Group’s remaining C2C franchise that year.

 

General Secretary Keith Norman said ‘I welcome Lord Adonis’s decision not to extend the East Anglia franchise beyond 2011. It sends a message to all train operating companies that if you default on one franchise you default on all.’

 

The Transport Secretary said he did not believe it was in the ‘public interest’ to terminate the franchise immediately. Keith added ‘the Department for Transport has brought the East Coast back under public control why not East Anglia too?’

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