Union urges rail line sale delay

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Published: Sunday 8th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Unions are calling for the “rushed sell-off” of the publicly owned East Coast rail line to be delayed to allow an in-depth competition inquiry.

The Transport Salaried Staffs Association said it was clear the coalition wanted to complete a deal by March 1 to avoid controversy in the run-up to the general election.

The union said warnings raised by the Competition and Markets Authority last week backed up its concerns over handing the contract to Virgin Trains and Stagecoach.

General secretary Manuel Cortes accused Transport Secretary P atrick McLoughlin of turning a “Nelsonian blind eye” to the fact he was creating a long distance monopoly for two of his favourite firms.

“We all know the Tories want to bundle East Coast out of the door before May 7. They are desperate to stop voters knowing that it has been the best value franchise for the past five years,” he added.

Published: Sunday 8th February 2015 by The News Editor

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