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Calls For Rail Jobs To Stay In York


7:50am 10th October 2013

A company hoping to run the East Coast mainline is being asked to keep it's headquarters in York.

York Central MP Hugh Bayley's written to French company Keolis to ask them to guarantee to keep jobs in the city.

When Minster FM asked David Lowrie from Keolis that question last week - he couldn't give that promise.

Hugh Bayley MP for York Central says up to 200 jobs could be at risk if the East Coast headquarters is moved. He has written to Alistair Gordon, Chief Executive from Keolis and Nicolas Petrovik, Chief Executive from Eurostar International Ltd to press for east coast main line rail jobs to stay in York. This follows the announcement last week that the two companies intend to launch a joint bid for the franchise. 

The successful bidder is expected to be awarded a contract in October, 2014 with the franchise commencing in February, 2015 when the exisiting franchise with operator, East Coast, comes to an end.  East Coast has been run by the Government since 2009 when National Express handed back the franchise mid-term.    

Keolis is already a leading international transport operator with a presence in 14 countries.  It is a major player in the UK already jointly operating four rail franchises, Southern, Southeastern, London Midland and TransPennine Express.  In addition,  Eurostar has deomonstrated a clear commitment to the UK over the past 20 years and it has delivered a strong financial performance with year-on-year growth in revenues and passenger numbers.

Hugh Bayley has written to the Keolis Eurostar consortium to seek an assurance that they would keep the Headquarters in York if they were to win the franchise.  The MP has also asked if other functions would be kept in York if the Headquarters were to be moved elsewhere and to find out if other East Coast staff would be retained.

Hugh Bayley MP says:  “East Coast currently employs around 200 staff at its Headquarters in York.  In addition a significant number of operational staff live in York.  I have written to Keolis Eurostar to seek assurance that the new consortium will retain the Headquarters in York If they are awarded the franchise for the east coast main line in 2015.”

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