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East Coast train line to be put into public control

Rail services on the East Coast Main Line are being brought back under government control.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told Parliament that temporary state ownership would provide the smoothest transition to a new operator.The loss-making service is being renamed London and North Eastern Railway (LNER).It is the third time in a just over a decade that the government has called a halt to the East Coast franchise.Mr Grayling told Parliament that after two months of analysis he had concluded that taking the service back into state control was the best option."I plan to use a period of operator of last resort control to shape the new partnership," said Mr Grayling.He said the aim was to create a new public-private partnership fro ...