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Andy D’Agorne in call to halt East Coast rail privatisation
9:14am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Business news
A YORK councillor has made a call for the Government to halt the planned re-privatisation of the East Coast Mainline at his party’s national conference.
Andy D’Agorne, who represents the Green party in the Fishergate ward, said rail operator East Coast had returned £640 million to the Treasury over the last three years, when the line has been taxpayer-owned, and this could be reinvested in the rail network.
He told the Green conference in Brighton: “To privatise East Coast now, with this excellent financial record, is reckless and ideological.”
He said a quality rail service to York was vital and spoke in support of a motion confirming the party’s opposition to privatising the line, which was passed. The Greens want the UK's rail network to be gradually returned to public ownership as franchises expire, which they have said would ultimately save £1 billion a year in subsidies for private companies and allow rail fares to be cut by 20 per cent.