DfT consider extending LNER contract by six years

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The Times reports the Department for Transport (Dft) are considering extending the contract to London North Eastern Railway (LNER) to run the East Coast Mainline until the summer of 2025. This news follows speculation a public-private partnership would replace LNER at the end of June 2020. The Dft have confirmed a final decision will be made following the publication of the results from the Williams Review into UK railways. Contextually, LNER took over running East Coast Mainline services between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh last year when Virgin East Coast, which was majority-owned by Stagecoach, ran into financial problems and lost the contract.

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