Geo Ghost wrote: ↑10 Sep 2021 10:07
Redirect Left wrote: ↑09 Sep 2021 22:08
At least living on the ECML instead of WCML gives me cheaper tickets to London.
And we are the superior line...
Unfortunately not for the stability of the train operators! Although it looks like LNER will be longer than GNER, which is a pretty good achievement from the last few! Hopefully when it gets ditched in 2025 they have some franchises that don't overpromise and underdeliver to the point of just going bankrupt rather than deliver. I'd personally love to see Virgin Trains revived except now on the ECML, although I suspect Virgin Group will be wary given the unceremonious events that led to them not getting WCML back and of course (10% part of) VTEC that messed up.
Outsiide of operators though, I do enjoy the ECML. Quick routes, cheap prices, aside from being super noisy motors the new Azuma trains are pretty nice too.
In rail news, a new operator
named Lumo, by FirstGroup is going to start doing London-Edinburgh routes on the cheap! It'll ram itself up the ECML to Edinburgh through absolutely nowhere, except a little place called Stevenage (where?) and then Morpeth & Newcastle. With a single class of travel (I am all here for that, sick of seeing empty first class carriages and rammed normal class ones) and cheap fares. Although I'm not sure if the touted prices of £15(ish) are the normal or an advance fare. I'll be interested to see how that goes, operating on Class 803s.