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Train commuters told government take-over will not affect service on East Coast Main Line

A Virgin train on the East Coast Main Line at Leeds Railway Station

By Jazmine Ella Blackah

THE GOVERNMENT has reassured train passengers there will be no changes to services as a result of its takeover of Virgin Trains’ East Coast Main Line.

The service will be run by the Department of Transport from June 24 until a new public-private partnership can be appointed in 2020.

In a statement on its website the DoT said: “We want to reassure you that your journeys on the East Coast Mainline won’t be affected.

“Tickets, timetables and train services will all stay the same even though a different operator will be in charge.”

The train travels from Scotland to London, via York, Leeds Harrogate and Hull.

The government has taken over after Virgin were unable to make it pay.

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