Press release 27th November 2014


Rail campaigners welcome East Coast win

Railfuture welcomes today's announcement that Stagecoach and Virgin have won the East Coast franchise. "This brings to an end a period of uncertainty for East Coast staff who have been doing an excellent job of running the railway" said spokesman Bruce Williamson.

"We welcome the additional services to destinations in the North of England, particularly Yorkshire. As ever, passengers concerns include the level of fares and overcrowding, so the additional seats on the new trains will be very welcome. We will continue to push for cheaper fares and a simpler fare structure."

"Railfuture is keen to work with Inter City Railways to further improve the network for passengers. Disruption handling still remains one of the very highest priorities."

Notes to editors:

Railfuture is the UK's leading independent organisation campaigning for better rail services for both passengers and freight.

Railfuture's website can be found at: www.railfuture.org.uk

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For further information and comment please contact:

Bruce Williamson, media spokesman
Tel: 0117 927 2954 Mobile: 07759 557389
media at railfuture.org.uk