European firms are lining up to bid for British rail franchises sparking fresh fury

The railway system of great Britain braced for a new wave of anger from politicians and the public when it was revealed that the operators are European governments are lining up to bid for more franchises.

The government granted the right of trading trio continental railway companies from countries where foreign operators do not freeze.

This means only six of the 18 rail operators eligible to bid for franchises such as “great Western” and the British.

The furor comes as Chris Grayling, Minister of transport, faces intense pressure on the very structure of the franchise system in the light of the East coast mainline debate.

Transport Minister Chris Grayling has made steps towards further privatization of the railway system in search of private capital to build new railroad

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The SP stagecoach and virgin trains has become the third operator in a little more than ten years to regain the keys to London kings Cross on the basis of the franchise years after overbidding for the control line.

Mr grayling admitted to the house of Commons special Committee of transport in the beginning of this year, now that his office has received “a more sensible approach to risk” when assessing applications, not just to accept the offer, as often happened in the past.

His office was still chewing over the future of East coast highway. He can give the franchise back to stagecoach and virgin on a commercial basis or make a government-supported organization to run it.

MPs and unions criticised the decision to allow Italy hotel nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori, Spain, the state company renfe and the French Transdev to compete for your business, claiming that this step just to send profits abroad to subsidize ticket prices in other countries at a time when British travellers suffer a huge ticket price increases. They said the decision was also made fun of the privatized system in the UK.

Daniel Zeichner, the labour MP for Cambridge, who sits on the transport Committee, said it was an “emergency” when other States acted the part of UK rail and “the recognition of our inability to do it ourselves.”

Critics of privatization on the East coast mainline why as an example, the franchise system does not work given operators Virgin and stagecoach want to hand over the keys of the three years in the eight-year contract

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“I would reflect public opinion, do not quite understand why this should be so,” he said.

“More and more European companies may be advised to apply because the current system of franchise is so broken that the government is a bit worried that it’s going to work out.”

Luke Pollard, labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, offered the potential arrival of more European railway companies showed the government “in favor of state ownership, if it is a foreign state.”

“The government seems to be taking desperate measures to fail in the franchise system”, – he said. “There is no support from members of the public to more foreign companies running our Railways.”

Steve double, conservative Committee member, stated that the country simply need the best UK operators of trains and “if it is a foreign company, then so be it.”