East Coast train line under public control

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    Image copyright PA Image caption The route will now be known as the London North Eastern Railway( LNER ), a name last being implemented in the 1940 s

    Rail services on the East Coast Main Line are back under government control, following the failure of the franchise.

    Stagecoach and Virgin Trains, which had a 90% and 10% stake in the venture respectively, handed down control on Sunday after running it since 2015.

    The Department for Transport will operate the service until a new public-private partnership can be appointed in 2020.

    The London to Edinburgh line connects London King’s Cross to stations in the north and Scotland.

    The route – which services stations including York, Leeds, Newcastle, Aberdeen and Inverness – will now be known as the London North Eastern Railway( LNER ), a epithet last being implemented in the 1940 s.

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