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Railways: Franchises

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 5 November 2009

Statement

Further to my Statements on 1 July 2009 (Official Report, col. 225 and Official Report, col. WS 24) on East Coast main line rail services, after the close of the markets yesterday I notified National Express East Coast Ltd that I am terminating their franchise with effect from 11.59 pm on 13 November.

The publicly owned east coast main line company will take over running of this franchise from that time, with an orderly handover from National Express East Coast. I can assure the travelling public that services will continue without disruption and all tickets will be honoured. Staff currently employed by National Express East Coast will transfer to the east coast main line company under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE), with the necessary statutory consultation.