Malcolm Cowan, LibDem councillor has criticised the decision to hand the franchise for the East Coast mainline to Scotland to Virgin/Stagecoach. "Virgin already run the West Coast route, they are being given a monopoly of London to Scotland routes, with all that means for fares and competition. In fact, for the last few years, East Coast was being run by the public sector after previous private operators failed or pulled out. No-one has said it was being badly run, so why change?
"In fact, Virgin Stagecoach also run East Midland line and the Great Western, so all Inter-city services.
"This is a dangerous concentration of power that is worrying. Rail privatisation was justified as bringing competition - the exact opposite is being rolled out" he added.