Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
The west Coast Main Line Franchising has fallen apart tonight, Governemt incompetence will be all over the papers big time tomorrow (after Ed at the labour party conference called them a shower of U-turning idiots)

Virgins contract cannot be extended, as by law only a single extension period can be given, and The government used that up from what I have been reading so that the new franchise wasn't establishing itself in the run up to the Olympics

So come the end of the year, WCML reverts to Direct Government control. its being suggested that re-franchising can't be run till end of inquiry into whats gone wrong, so twelve months from now before new Franchisee in control, and three more franchises run out before the end of next year, which will also be delayed by this.

May endf up with a re-nationalised railway out of this. :)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Oct 2nd, 2012 at 09:10:18 PM EST
Sadly no chance of re-nationalisation. But it's fun to see that they messed up.

If I were to place a bet on what went wrong, somebody high up in the chain (at the top?) accepted a large amount of money to "fix" the result, but wasn't very subtle about how they did it and the most cursory of examination revealed it.

cos that's how British government works

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 3rd, 2012 at 03:04:11 AM EST
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