The Anonymous Widower

Job Losses, Higher Fares and Worse Service

Bob Crow’s reaction to the loss by Virgin of their West Coast Franchise to First Group is predictable.  When did Bob Crow’s union ever do anything for passengers?  Individual members do every day, but will we see the union call out their members in protest at the change of franchise holder? I hope not, but a strike is one way to get the best deal from their new employers.

As to the two companies, I’m in a unique position to judge them both. In my trip around the country to visit all 92 Football and Premier League clubs, I used Virgin Trains and First Great Western extensively. I had no issues at all with either in terms of punctuality and customer service. And as a frequent rail passenger, what really matters.

On a practical level, now that First Group has both the West Coast and Scottish franchises, might we see better connections at Glasgow to places north of the central belt. Could it also mean that services like Liverpool and Manchester to Glasgow and Edinburgh get better?

The two franchises meeting in Glasgow, may also give First Group a cost saving in terms of train stabling and overnight servicing. Only they could tell me the answer to that one, but it would seem to make sense.

It does seem that this will be the end of Virgin Trains.  Am I bothered? No! Not at all! Anybody who works for them, will probably get a new job soon somewhere in the rail industry, as overall we’re going to run more trains not less.


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

1 Comment »

  1. […] 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 […]

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