East Coast Mainline Bidders

DfT announcement – Arriva, Virgin/Stagecoach, First, National Express – No real surprises, but following my earlier post its worth thinking about how each ot these would actually run the railway for the next 7 years – if GNER couldn’t make the new franchise terms work, will any of these be up to it?

Same timetable, only new condition is a Smartcard requirement, which I would like to understand better – that’s a long extension of Oyster card!

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