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East Coast train line to be put into public control

East Coast train line to be put into public control

Rail services on East Coast Main Line are being brought back under UK government control, operator Stagecoach Group says.Stagecoach says it has been advised that an "operator of last resort" would be appointed to run the London to Edinburgh service.Stagecoach has operated the franchise with Virgin Trains since 2015.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is expected to make a statement to parliament shortly.It is the third time in a decade that the government has called a halt to the East Coast franchise.
Stagecoach said in a statement that, along with Virgin, it had been negotiating a new contract with the Department for Transport.But the company said it now understood that Mr Grayling was "no longer considering" Virgin and Stagecoach for the deal.This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
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