Daily Mirror: Britain’s only publicly owned railway delivered record performance for passengers before Tory sell-off

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Britain’s only publicly owned railway delivered record performance for passengers before Tory sell-off

Train operator East Coast

Better days: East Coast trains recorded record punctuality and passenger satisfaction under public ownership

Britain’s only publicly owned railway was delivering all-time record levels of punctuality before it was flogged off by the Tory Government last year.

The last end-of-year report on the East Coast mainline found passenger satisfaction was also at an “all-time record” for any long-distance line by mid-2015.

Publicly-owned Directly Operated Railways also made more than £1billion for the Treasury before the line was privatised in May 2015, the report shows.

Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary Lilian Greenwood said: “This report proves once and for all that public ownership of the railways would deliver better services for passengers.

“It delivered record punctuality and satisfaction scores for passengers alongside better working conditions for staff.”

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