On 7 March, rail campaigners gathered to protest against government plans to re-privatise the East Coast Main Line, at 16 stations along the line.
The protest coincided with the start of the Lib Dem Spring conference in York. Campaigners called on Lib Dem MPs to raise their voices in opposition to the re-privatisation of the line, and also met passengers to inform them about the campaign and to ask them to contact their MP.
Under public ownership the East Coast Main Line has been a huge success. It has out performed all other inter-city franchises on performance measures like punctuality and reliability, has the highest passenger satisfaction ratings, receives the lowest public subsidy of all train operators and has won 35 industry awards. The East Coast Main Line demonstrates the benefits of public ownership.
Selling off the East Coast Main Line is unnecessary and not in the interest of passengers and tax payers.