East Coast main line nationalised *again*

Discussion in 'transport' started by Slo-mo, May 16, 2018.

  1. Slo-mo

    Slo-mo Banned Banned

  2. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    i do hope the train i'm booked on in a few weeks time will still run
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  3. Slo-mo

    Slo-mo Banned Banned

    I think the whole point of this re re nationalisation is to ensure that happens in the short to medium term.

    Long term I suppose they plan to re re re privatise it
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  4. agricola

    agricola a genuine importer of owls

    It will be interesting to compare the cost of East Coast and the "new" LNER, given what the then Government did to DOR in 2015 (ie: got rid of it and hired consultants to do it instead).

    One would imagine this renationalization will cost a lot more than East Coast did.
  5. 19sixtysix

    19sixtysix Life as viewed from a Gay Gorbals Garret

    Fucking maddening that virgin is allow to keep fleecing the west coast passengers for profit yet failing to pay its way on the east. Piss take the first order.
  6. 19sixtysix

    19sixtysix Life as viewed from a Gay Gorbals Garret

    Oh and re-nationalision would be cheap and easy. Just regulate the quality services till they all hand them back.
  7. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Does this mean we get BR livery back?
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  8. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    they are breaking out the br sandwiches from the storage depot even as we speak.
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  9. IC3D

    IC3D Post Mid Arc

    They could CGI a Jimmy Saville for teh adds
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  10. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    yeh and that'd be about the age of the train too
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  11. Poi E

    Poi E Well-Known Member


    guns and dogs. that's what it'll come down to.
  12. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    Course it will , subject to no suicidal trespassers , cable theft , overhead lines coming down , landslides , plague of locusts etc ....

    I suspect staff morale will be lifted this afternoon.
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  13. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    One benefit is the fact that the VTEC livery will have to be removed , at their cost ...

    Anyone see the BR 125 programme last evening on Channel 5 ? , that HST blue and yellow livery externally was just "so right" .....
  14. Spandex

    Spandex A crazy bulbous punchbag of sound

    Vtech have been running the East Coast Mainline? Explains a lot...
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  15. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    No, VTEC.

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  16. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse A-wob a-bob bob

    Yes, watched that, thoroughly enjoyed it, much to Frau Bahn’s disgust.
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  17. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    Next week should be better ! (Mrs DGCR enjoyed it - but fell asleep)
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  18. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

    Is this another case of 'Nationalise' the losses until it makes money and then privatise it.
  19. Dogsauce

    Dogsauce Lord of the Dance Settee

    I saw the one that has been repainted in these colours round the back of Philips Marsh the other week. Looked great. A proper game changer, even if as spotters we used to hate them for displacing loco hauled trains.
  20. alex_

    alex_ Well-Known Member

    It’s not “not making money” it’s not making as much as virgin thought it would, so they can’t make money.

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  21. OzT

    OzT Online early mornings when at work ....

    Well my old bosses, Stagecoach, before we lost our franchise here, also had stake in East Coast. Only merged with Virgin year before! But we were only allowed 5 free travel on their trains, pff, whereas had unlimited on East Midlands and SWT.

    I am surprised it is being taken over again, Stagecoach wouldn't have gone in if if was not sound. Then again Stagecoach has now lost SWT and Island line in the last franchise bid here, maybe they can't put the money into it like they were supposed to?

    If nationize then shoudl do the entire network, not just some lines. Anyway, the tracks are nationized so may as well go the TOCs too, my 2c worth
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  22. A380

    A380 How do I change this 'custom title' thing then?

    The virgin senior management team earlier.

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  23. Mrs D

    Mrs D . Banned

    In the last period of being state-run, East Coast was owned by Directly Operated Railways Ltd, a private limited company with the sole shareholder being the Secretary of State for Transport.

    This time it’s not being state run, but will be operated by a private partnership on behalf of the government.

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