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Started by AshburtonAbove on May 16, 2018 1:14:39 PM
East coast rail franchise to come under government control

London to Edinburgh loss making franchise owned by cunty Brian Sowter with 10 percent owned by Virgin bailed out by government.

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Gotout - 16 May 2018 13:16:55 (#1 of 179)

Link:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/may/16/e
ast-coast-rail-line-to-be-temporarily-renationalised-virgin-stagecoach






I suppose that there won't be any penalty imposed and they will walk away?



Still lessons will no doubt be learnt.

SunkenTreasures - 16 May 2018 13:17:07 (#2 of 179)

East coast rail franchise to come under government control

Another Labour policy adopted by the Tories ;)

uranrising - 16 May 2018 13:24:00 (#3 of 179)

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is expected to make a statement to parliament shortly.

It is the third time in a decade that the government has called a halt to the East Coast franchise.

Stagecoach said in a statement that, along with Virgin, it had been negotiating a new contract with the Department for Transport.

But the company said it now understood that Mr Grayling was "no longer considering" Virgin and Stagecoach for the deal.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44142258

RosyLovelady - 16 May 2018 13:25:50 (#4 of 179)

It must have cost someone a lot of money, all this in-and-outery.

SheikYerbouti - 16 May 2018 13:27:01 (#5 of 179)

Well, as long as its not being nationalised. Any cost is worth that.

FrankieTeardrop - 16 May 2018 13:27:27 (#6 of 179)

Well, that would be uncosted, and likely too expensive.

monkeymadchick - 16 May 2018 13:36:11 (#7 of 179)

Andrew Adonis will be all I TOLD YOU SO

Anthony16 - 16 May 2018 13:40:49 (#8 of 179)

Turn up, pay, and get on. The only way.

uranrising - 16 May 2018 13:58:38 (#9 of 179)

Well, as long as its not being nationalised. Any cost is worth that.

God forbid we go the way of

France

Germany

Netherlands

Israel

Denmark

New Zealand

Norway

Sweden

etc.

Rendered - 16 May 2018 13:59:47 (#10 of 179)

Souter is one creepy fucker.

cozzer - 16 May 2018 14:07:21 (#11 of 179)

God forbid we go the way of... New Zealand

Do you have any experience of New Zealand railways? Do you think they're a pinnacle of nationalised rail that all other countries should aspire to?

RosyLovelady - 16 May 2018 14:10:40 (#12 of 179)

I haven't travelled on a NZ train (it was a sleeper) since 1951. Walking from one carriage to the next over the rickety boards was terrifying.

Bribaba - 16 May 2018 14:20:19 (#13 of 179)

Indian railways have many useless jobs, but the point is that they give people a chance to earn at least something. It's unlikely the services of management consultants will ever be required.

rgtstoppedcounting - 16 May 2018 14:24:27 (#14 of 179)

Is travelling on Indian railways still the adventure it was a couple of decades ago? I used to love it.

SheikYerbouti - 16 May 2018 14:32:08 (#15 of 179)

Its marvellous. Its a bit like being in prison.

Bribaba - 16 May 2018 14:32:41 (#16 of 179)

Yes, still as eccentric as ever. There's a talk of them buying a bullet train, though this will bypass many. You can still open the carriage door and sit on the footplates, watching the countryside pass by.

bailliegillies - 16 May 2018 14:42:31 (#17 of 179)

I suppose that there won't be any penalty imposed and they will walk away?



More likely compensated by the taxpayer.

quattrobhoy - 16 May 2018 15:34:57 (#18 of 179)

God forbid we go the way of

France

Germany

Netherlands



All of which countries’ state owned transport companies enjoy ownership of many of the UK’s privatised transport companies.

RosyLovelady - 16 May 2018 15:36:20 (#19 of 179)

And of course, the UK government owns theirs! Oh, no, of course that would be socialism gawn mad.

mememe - 16 May 2018 17:08:21 (#20 of 179)

Outside the TGV network SNCF is crap.

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