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Manuel Cortes calls on Nicola Sturgeon to end silence over East Coast

6 February 2018

TSSA Leader Manuel Cortes today (Tues) called on Nicola Sturgeon to end her silence over the collapse of the East Coast franchise which runs between Aberdeen and London.

 TSSA leader Manuel Cortes today called on Nicola Sturgeon to end her silence over the collapse of the East Coast franchise which runs between Aberdeen and London.

Manuel Cortes said “The East Coast franchise links major Scottish cities like Edinburgh and Aberdeen to London, Newcastle and York. Failing Grayling has admitted that the franchise is going to close early as Stagecoach got their numbers wrong – surely that means the Tories got their sums wrong when they awarded Stagecoach the franchise!

“It’s astonishing that Nicola Sturgeon hasn’t intervened in this fiasco, which affects Scottish commuters, businesses and tourists alike.

And Manuel called for Network Rail to take over running the East Coast franchise.

“Maximising efficiency by bringing together wheels and steel can only be good for the taxpayer and the passengers. When public sector operator East Coast Trains ran the franchise, taxpayers received back £1billion pounds of profit. If Network Rail were to take over the franchise we would easily see even more benefit to the public purse in just five years.”

 

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