The Anonymous Widower

Branson Good, First Group Bad

You have to admire Richard Branson on the way he has marshalled the general public to stand up for Virgin Trains.  I listened to a couple of phone-ins and the callers were generally behind Virgin. One caller virtually said that he like travelling on Virgin for the loyalty scheme.

As an extensive train user, there is little to choose between Virgin Trains and First Great Western, but both are much better than the state-run East Coast Trains.

Virgin’s main problem at the moment is a shortage of Pendolino trains.  This is being rectified, with a few new ones coming into service and the existing fleet growing by a couple of coaches per train. Whoever got the franchise, would have benefited from the increased number of seats.

But as I said in an earlier post, I think that one of the keys to success for First Group, is its links in Scotland.  This could cut costs and also bring about an integrated system to get passengers between the north of Scotland and the south.

August 15, 2012 - Posted by | News, Transport | , , ,

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