Following the Secretary of State’s announcement that the East Coast Main Line is to be brought back under public control after Virgin Trains and Stagecoach could not meet the necessary payments, Caroline Flint has demanded that the firms who failed to meet their contract should be barred from bidding for the new franchise in future.
The MP asked Transport Secretary Chris Grayling whether there should be consequences for the companies involved after they clearly undercut competitors to win the East Coast Main Line franchise in 2015.
When challenged, Mr Grayling refused to rule out handing over a future contract to Virgin and Stagecoach.
Said Caroline: “There is no way that Virgin Trains or Stagecoach, the partners in this failure, should be allowed to make the same mistakes again. They won a bid at the expense of their rivals to win a contract they could not fulfil. This was not “one mistake” as the Secretary of State said, this was a catastrophic failure.
“I travel this line every week and both at the station, and on the trains, the staff have always been more than friendly and helpful, regardless of their employer.
“I will continue to fight for the best service for Doncaster’s hardworking commuters and rail passengers, and will keep a very close eye on developments as they unfold.”
Stagecoach and Virgin Trains took over the franchise in 2015. Three years into an eight year franchise, they have handed the franchise back to the Government. This is the third occasion firms have failed to fulfil their contract in twelve years.
In 2005, GNER signed a £1.35bn, 10-year deal in what was then the biggest contract in European railway history. One year later it was stripped of the route. In August 2007, National Express agreed a £1.4bn deal, but then handed it back to the government in 2009. ECML was then government-run until Stagecoach and Virgin's £3.3bn bid in 2015.
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Following the Secretary of State’s announcement that the East Coast Main Line is to be brought back under public control after Virgin Trains and Stagecoach could not meet the necessary...
Caroline Flint joined Mayor Ros Jones and Civic Mayor George Derx and guests to celebrate a retrospective exhibition of paintings prints and drawings by Tickhill artist Janet Buckle, held at the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.
Said Caroline “I am so pleased I was able to join the launch of this major exhibition, by a longstanding local artist. I first came across Janet’s work when I saw her paintings of coalmining landscapes.
“Janet observed that coal mines and their slag heaps are not just grey and lifeless, but that they were constantly changing. I love her everyday views. Her work reveals her surroundings from the view from the back door to walking through lush woodland.”
Janet Buckle has lived in the borough for over forty years. Her subjects vary from vibrant flower studies to still lives and landscapes, and she has also made a large series of paintings drawings and prints of the coal mining landscape around Doncaster.
The creation of a picture, Janet says, seems to go in three stages:
“The first stage, when the initial idea is created and the canvas covered is good, and I feel enthusiastic about the picture and can see its possibilities.
"The second stage is the hard one, when I can get bogged down with self-doubt and almost lose sight of the original idea. At this stage the picture seems doomed, but if I can push through this and reach the third stage, when everything comes together, then the picture can be completed“
This exhibition brings together Janet's work spanning fifty years, and includes pictures from public and private collections.
The Exhibition runs until 1 July at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Chequer Road Doncaster DN1 2AE
PHOTO TOP: Janet Buckle and Caroline Flint.
PHOTO BELOW: Painting of Rossington Colliery.
Caroline Flint joined Mayor Ros Jones and Civic Mayor George Derx and guests to celebrate a retrospective exhibition of paintings prints and drawings by Tickhill artist Janet Buckle, held at...
Caroline Flint joined Mayor Ros Jones and guests at the opening of Amazon’s latest fulfilment centre at iPort.
The MP unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the third Amazon centre at the iPort, Doncaster, near Junction 3 of the M18.
Said Caroline: “It’s an honour to be asked to open the new Amazon Fulfilment Centre. This building is light and spacious and happens to be the size of 15 football pitches.
“This centre, a one million square feet centre workplace, which employs 1,000 staff, is an example of the scale of Amazon’s investment in Doncaster, and it also illustrates both the success of iPort and the incredible growth in jobs in the south of the borough, on the doorstep of Rossington
“It’s fascinating to see first-hand what goes on in this centre and it’s been great to learn how some of the products stowed here are shipped to customers. Not only has Amazon provided additional employment with excellent career and training opportunities in the area, it has also made a significant contribution to the wider community.”
During the visit, Caroline and Mayor Ros Jones packed some customer orders under the keen eye of Amazon Trainer Liam Holmes, from Warmsworth.
PHOTOS: Easy does it: Caroline and Ros box a special present, under the watchfull eye of Amazon trainer, Liam Holmes. And (bottom right) job done!
PHOTO - LEFT: Official opening - Stuart Morgan, Amazon Doncaster iPort Centre Manager, with Caroline Flint and Mayor Ros Jones.
Caroline Flint joined Mayor Ros Jones and guests at the opening of Amazon’s latest fulfilment centre at iPort. The MP unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the third...