Responding to Lord Adonis’ suggestion it would be a “real scandal” if Virgin and Stagecoach were allowed to continue running services on the East Coast mainline after their franchise agreement is terminated, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:
"Stagecoach failed spectacularly to deliver on its East Coast mainline rail contract, compromising one of Scotland’s most important transport arteries.
“Given this history, it would be right to exclude Stagecoach from the shortlist for further contracts of this kind. We need to know our rail providers are capable and reliable. Let’s not make a habit of rewarding failure.”