Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has expressed concern about the management of the rail system, as a new report by the Public Accounts Committee is released today.
The Committee has found that the railways faced “unacceptable” levels of disruption in 2018, and that this year looks to be another difficult year for both passengers and the rail industry. Causing concern are further significant timetable changes, as well increased amounts of maintenance work and large improvement projects rolling out.
Doncaster MPs Caroline Flint and Rosie Winterton were among guests at the Hitachi Doncaster Carr Train Maintenance Depot, which will test and maintain the 65 strong fleet of Azuma trains currently being built in County Durham.
Following the Secretary of State’s announcement that the East Coast Main Line is to be brought back under public control after Virgin Trains and Stagecoach could not meet the necessary payments, Caroline Flint has demanded that the firms who failed to meet their contract should be barred from bidding for the new franchise in future.
The MP asked Transport Secretary Chris Grayling whether there should be consequences for the companies involved after they clearly undercut competitors to win the East Coast Main Line franchise in 2015.