Government scraps West Coast Mainline deal with FirstGroup
Last updated at 08:49, Wednesday, 03 October 2012
A contract to run trains on the West Coast Mainline has been scrapped after flaws were found in the way the franchise process was conducted.
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Now then Rod, lets see if we can disassemble your thoughts. The shambles of the awarding of the west coast main line was carried out under the 2005 railways act. All the conditions of the awarding of the franchise etc.
The awarding of the franchises initially was done by an independent body. This worked fairly well. We have seen some pretty impressive improvements in the initial franchises.
The government in 1999 removed this independence and set up the strategic rail authority. The consequences were so appalling that the government were forced on their sword to abandon the SRA and took the whole awarding of franchises in house to the department of transport in the 2005 act.
I bet most of the people moaning on here don't even catch the trains!!!
it doesn't matter who runs the railways if there are no passengers on the trains then there is no revenue!! lower the ticket prices and more people will use the trains, even more so with the high price of petrol and the short journey times on the train