Rail campaigners in East Coast protest at Waverley

Passengers at Waverley were being urged to support the campaign. Pic: file

Passengers at Waverley were being urged to support the campaign. Pic: file

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Rail campaigners will stage protests today at stations across the East Coast Main Line against government plans to re-privatise the service.

Passengers at stations between Edinburgh Waverley to London King’s Cross will be urged to support a campaign to keep the route under public control.

More than 60 MPs from the Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green and SNP parties have signed an early-day motion calling on the Government to keep the line public.

The protest is timed to coincide with the start of the Liberal Democrat spring conference in York.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Privatising the East Coast defies all logic.

“Since it was re-nationalised the line has gone from strength to strength. This decision shows the government is clinging on to its outdated faith in privatisation at all costs and is determined to remain blind to the fact that public ownership has been a success for taxpayers and passengers alike”.