- 15-08-2012, 12:43 #1
Branson has gone off the rails
Branson Goes Berserk as Virgin Loses Rail Franchise | Gizmodo UK
So it looks like we will no longer be seeing the sigh of the red and silver pedilinoe's running from London to the North, instead being replaced by First. Personally I can't stand First as they seem to strip every thing they do to the bare minimum and charge sky high prices still. What with the costs of rail prices already going up in Jan, I can see that getting about is going to be even more of a nightmare soon!"Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics."
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- 15-08-2012, 12:49 #2
Indian Railways"As we moved slowly through the outskirts of the town we passed row after row of little grey slum houses running at right angles to the embankment. At the back of one of the houses a young woman was kneeling on the stones, poking a stick up the leaden waste-pipe which ran from the sink inside and which I suppose was blocked. I had time to see everything about her - her sacking apron, her clumsy clogs, her arms reddened by the cold. She looked up as the train passed, and I was almost near enough to catch her eye." Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier
- 15-08-2012, 12:56 #3
Virgin are shite as well, they're both just gouging the tax payer for offering a lousy overpriced service that would be a laughingstock in mainland Europe. Virgin have the added defect of being run by a bearded little tit who mistakes crony capitalism for being an entrepreneur.That's the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!
- 15-08-2012, 12:58 #4
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- 15-08-2012, 13:01 #6
I can see why Mr Branson threw his toys out of the pram. He prefers doing business with Government along the lines of the Virgin Money deal.
Putting that aside, FirstGroup do not appear to have an unblemished track record.
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- 15-08-2012, 13:05 #7
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- 15-08-2012, 13:14 #8
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- 15-08-2012, 13:17 #9
It's been a number of years since I travelled regularly from Manchester/Liverpool to London with Virgin, but the service was good. In First Class you got "free" food and booze. I now travel between Cardiff and London on First Great Western. The service is shite and travelling first class only gets you a bigger seat (and it costs more).Guinness. It's the first food group.
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- 15-08-2012, 13:20 #10
"Hurrah for the Works Group" just doesn't have the same ring...
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