First Virgin Trains East Coast service leaves London
The reprivatised rail service embarked on its first journey on Monday but debate still rages whether it is best in private or public hands
The first repainted, rebranded and reprivatised Virgin Trains East Coast train left London Kings Cross station for Edinburgh at 11am on Monday, its new red-and-white livery signalling – according to one set of politicians and businessmen – a fresh chapter and better services for passengers.
After five years of public ownership, that view is disputed by unions and Labour, for whom East Coast became totemic in the argument over who should run rail transport.
Source: Guardian Transport
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