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« Reply #75 on: May 19, 2018, 01:03:58 pm »

I put "comfortable seats" a fair way down my list because this is  so subjective and open to differing interpretations.
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"When customers say that they want a seat, they dont mean they want to sit with their knees behind their ears so that 4 more can sit down. They mean that they want an extra coach so that 74 more can sit down"
"Capacity on intercity routes should be about number of vehicles, not compressing people"
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« Reply #76 on: May 28, 2018, 03:56:53 pm »

Whilst I would hope for a smart livery, this is a long way down my list of concerns.
Higher priorities are on board facilities and comfort.
Luggage space
Leg room
Air conditioning that works
Toilets that work, including the emptying of retention tanks and filling of water tanks
Comfortable seats
Gangwayed throughout
Peak fares high enough to deter overcrowding and off peak fares low enough to make best use of the trains

External livery can hardly be seen once on board so is a LONG way down my list of preferences.

Myself, considering the IET's have to be put into some kind of livery id rather its a decent one that will last for a long time(no matter if the franchise changes) rather than the constant repainting thats happened since GNER.   Secondly I want food served at my seat, by polite staff, enough seats to cater for demand throughout the journey with a few(2 or 3 seats) per coach spare. Clean toilets yes, gangway-ed throughout is preferred, but then so is having engines at each end of the train and coaches in the middle with nothing underneath, I wonder where we could find that?
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« Reply #77 on: June 22, 2018, 07:47:52 pm »

The London North Eastern Railway website went live overnight. Ahead of the official handover this Sunday 24th June 2018.

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« Reply #78 on: June 23, 2018, 08:44:49 am »

The London North Eastern Railway website went live overnight. Ahead of the official handover this Sunday 24th June 2018.

Apart from a few small changes (like hiring a red carpet carriage for your exclusive use) the site is so far a copy of Virgin East one might expect.  They have decided on an economically sensible decision to keep a similar colour scheme.
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« Reply #79 on: June 29, 2018, 04:57:37 pm »

Back in 2014, when First Group didn't with the ICEC franchise, there was comment (here and elsewhere) that they could fall out of the rail business altogether if they didn't win something soon. Today the Times was saying much the same about Stagecoach, on the grounds that they are down to their last two (or 1.49, if you're fussy) franchises, both in the process of reletting. They are also shortlisted for one more (SER) they could win before the count drops to zero, or else...
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