Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!

No more GNER

16th August 2007

A few days ago, the last of the outstanding rail franchise competitions got decided: the east coast intercity franchise. There was a time when I would have been sorry to see the end of GNER because they were a good train operator and I never had any real trouble with them. Nevertheless, seeing National Express succeeding it isn’t necessarily that bad a thing. After all, they came good with Midland Mainline and the "one" services certainly don’t hit the news like those run by First Great Western. First’s Great Western debacles preclude them from any shortlist in my opinion though their ScotRail and Transpennine Express services seem to be well run. Let’s see what NatEx does; at least, they have a pedigree. It’ll be a pity to see the GNER trappings disappear though…

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