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GNER in the running

GREAT NORTH Eastern Railways has joined the pack of companies waiting to dismember the carcass of London & Continental Railways if no rescue package appears.

The train operator regarded by the City as the UKs best confirmed this week that it was eyeing up the Eurostar franchise.

We have registered our interest with Railtrack and told it that we could run the trains if they get the track, said GNER chief executive Christopher Garnett. We are interested in the Eurostar trains whatever happens to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project.

GNER runs the East Coast Main Line intercity services. Garnett said that despite failing Eurostar revenues said to be behind LCRs financial problems he did not see why GNERs success on the East Coast should not be repeated with Eurostar.

However, he added: We want to see the numbers and understand that Railtrack will be getting the figures from National Express and Virgin this week.

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