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Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress she has made in ensuring that the new operator of the east coast line will provide a fast, efficient and safe service.

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Tom Harris (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport; Glasgow South, Labour)

The new Intercity east coast franchise is designed to achieve value for money while at the same time improving operational performance and providing capacity to meet future demand growth. We expect to be able to announce the winner of the franchise competition next month.

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