Virgin East Coast: "No Compulsory Redundancies" as Fears Grow Over York HQ
11:47am 28th November 2014
(Updated 11:50am 28th November 2014)
Virgin East Coast has told Minster FM there will be "no compulsory redundancies" as fears continue for jobs at the current East Coast headquarters in York.
Yesterday it was announced that a joint firm owned by Virgin and Stagecoach, Inter City Railways, which customers will know as Virgin East Coast, will take over the franchise from March.
The new company has promised new trains, more services and improvements to York Station but would not commit to keep the Virgin East Coast headquarters in York. Yesterday, Rail Minister Claire Perry said "it's a matter for negotiation".
Virgin executive Richard Scott has told Minster FM the firm is committed to have a "strong presence" in York. He added there would be "no compulsory redundancies" but did say there was a "complication" in that the lease on the current East Coast headquarters on Skeldergate is due to run out next year.
Richard Scott spoke to Minster FM's Kevin Larkin about the future of the East Coast headquarters.
York Central's Labour MP Hugh Bayley has said the government was "stark, raving mad" to have awarded the franchise without a guarantee of where the headquarters would be. He said he is "very concerned" about the future of the East Coast offices.
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