Rail firm lets buses take strain

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A privatised rail company plans to undercut a rival by switching some services to buses which will be run by the company which also operates the troubled South West Trains, it was claimed yesterday. The coach links will be provided on some Yorkshire and Lincolnshire services by Great North Eastern Railways, with SWT owners Stagecoach running the coaches.

However, the anti-privatisation group Save Our Railways said GNER's plans would hit rival company Regional Railways North East, if the plans were implemented this summer. The lobby group said that the cost of some journeys - currently made only by train would be halved under the new proposals.

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