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RMT demands investigation into Govia over stripped South Eastern franchise

AN investigation is being demanded into rail privateer Govia after the firm was stripped of its contract to run London South Eastern Railway while still owing millions of pounds to taxpayers.

Rail union RMT is also calling for Govia to be stripped of its franchises to run Thameslink Southern and Great Northern services.

Southeastern will be taken back into public ownership this week.

Rail union RMT has called for “urgent answers” over what led to the cancellation of the franchise by the Department for Transport.

General secretary Mick Lynch said: “In recent years, we have seen the failure of private operations on the East Coast Main Line, Northern, Southeastern, ScotRail and Transport for Wales.

“The public sector has had to step in and rescue passenger services in each case.

“Only the blindest ideology can stand in the way of the logical, practical step, which is to bring passenger operations into the public sector once and for all and put a final end to this disastrous experiment.”


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