York station is adopting its new livery ahead of yet another rail shake up this weekend.
This Sunday (June 24) the east coast main line service will be taken back into public control, a little over three years after Virgin Trains East Coast started running it.
The new service will be rebranded as the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER).
This came about because the two franchise operators, Virgin and Stagecoach, were unable to meet the required payments to the Government in the £3.3 billion contract.
LNER branding has started going up at York station. There are ‘Welcome To York’ signs in the new red and black colours, and posters under the train information boards.
Ahead of the shake-up York Central MP Rachael Maskell showed the shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald round Network Rail’s Rail Operating Centre (ROC) on Thursday (June 21).
Ms Maskell pointed out that the collapse of the east coast rail franchise marks the third time in a decade that a private train operator has failed to see out its contract on the line.
Ms Maskell said:
Privatisation of the service has been a disaster with private companies creaming off the profits for shareholders but failing to deliver for passengers or meet their contractual obligations.