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Campaigners to keep Tyne and Wear Metro, Britain’s best-performing railway, in the public sector, have condemned the publication of a list of ‘approved bidders’ that brings the network’s operations a step closer to privatisation. Around 250 RMT members employed by the Tyne and Wear passenger transport executive Nexus are to be balloted for strike action over the threat to jobs and conditions posed by moves to privatise the network’s operations.