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Public ownership 'will not disrupt East Coast Main Line'

Fri 13 Nov 2009

The government has insisted that users of the East Coast Main Line will not be affected by its change of ownership.

National Express will hand over control of the railway line between London and Edinburgh to the government at midnight tonight.

According to transport secretary Lord Adonis, it will remain in public hands for the next two years.

However, he has assured passengers that continuity of service will be maintained during this period.

Lord Adonis announced that £12 million will be invested in improving stations along the line, including Peterborough, York and Newcastle.

Passengers will also benefit from various reforms such as charges for seat reservations being removed as of January 2010.

Lord Adonis added that the East Coast Main Line is a highly profitable service that should be the pride of passengers and staff alike.

News of the service being placed in government hands broke last week, although National Express stressed that its other rail franchises in Britain - c2c and National Express East Anglia - will stay under its control.

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