Outdoor Discoveries

It's amazing how things develop. After all, this blog started out as a news section for the rest of the website. With encouragement from readers, it has become a place for relating my countryside wanderings and musings about the world of outdoor activity. Walking, cycling and photography all are part of what I do out-of-doors and, hopefully, they will continue to inspire me to keep adding entries on here. Of course, there needs to be something of interest to you, dear reader, too and I hope that's the case. Thanks 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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