6 March 2013
#lentphotos - 19 - the road ahead
I spied this train conductor's paddle at Manchester Piccadilly rail station in December 2012. UK readers will be aware of the great West Coast Main Line franchise debacle that occurred in the autumn of 2012 (where the current contract for running the service with Virgin Trains was coming to an end, it was put out to tender, the renewed contract was given to First Group, except a few days later it wasn't and reverted back to Virgin Trains.)
There's quite a lot of weight in these five words Virgin (for the time being) - hopes, frustrations, humour (on various levels), insecurity, wasting of public money, government incompetence..
West Coast Mainline franchise fiasco