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Transpennine crush just a precursor to West Coast woe

Roger Davies, Kendal, LA9
30 August 2019
FirstGroup’s Transpennine Express franchise is incapable of operating adequate services to Edinburgh during the city’s festival season, says Roger Davies. It’s new West Coast Partnership will prove to be an ever bigger farce, he predicts
FirstGroup’s Transpennine Express franchise is incapable of operating adequate services to Edinburgh during the city’s festival season, says Roger Davies. It’s new West Coast Partnership will prove to be an ever bigger farce, he predicts

 

On 12 August my wife and I went to Edinburgh by train. I booked the tickets two weeks beforehand and First Transpennine said they couldn’t do seat reservations as “it’s the festival”. I know, I thought, that’s why we are going. 

The day dawns and the train arrives at Oxenholme: a four-car Class 350 electric multiple unit with a full standing load. There were reserved seats, so FirstGroup knew at least two weeks before that the thing was full but it was beyond...

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