Failing Grayling pulls the plug on East Coast

14 May 2018

Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, is to announce that he is pulling the plug on the East Coast rail franchise.


Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, said: 'This is the third time in ten years that a private company has mucked up the east coast main line. In contrast, when it was run in the public sector, it returned £1 billion to the Treasury.


'That shows what we have been saying all along - that Britain's railways should be run, successfully, as a public service, not for private profit. Because they can't do it. Virgin and Stagecoach have managed reverse alchemy - by turning gold into base metal, and profits into losses on the east coast.


'And this is just the latest of a long line of failures by the Transport Secretary, Failing Grayling, as he is known throughout the rail industry. He has to resign after yet another disaster in his watch.'




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