- 5 Jan 2008
Please pardon my ignorance as am not as well versed with the inner mechanics and political workings of the various TOC's relationships with the DfT but why is there a general consensus of opinion that Virgin will lose the WCML when the franchise comes up for renewal ? I used Virgin quite frequently when they had the Cross Country route and admittedly there could have been considerable improvements on how the service was run. However, I've had the opportunity to use the WCML more and more often in the last year to eighteen months and have found this to be a reasonably pleasant and trouble free experience. Additionally, there also seems to be good availability of cheap, long distance advanced tickets ( on certain routes) provided you book at least 5-6 weeks prior to travel. What are the underlying factors which have caused Virgin to be on the back foot during renewal time ? Is the WCML the "poisoned chalice" of the rail network ?