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    VB1: Celebrate the end of national express East Coast!

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    YAY!

    National Express East Coast sods off tonight at midnight!

    Woooo

    East Coast Railways takes over from tomorrow and is government owned. Can only be better than the NXEC lot. Shame GNER couldn't have come back though.

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    I used to be a customer service manager with GNER. They were a fantastic company to work for and the perks were out of this world - free ferry travel throughout Europe and of course the free rail travel too - for family and friends.

    Its a shame how its all changed though and I agree, if GNER were still there things would be a lot better

    GNER were good - just a shame Sea Containers ended up going down the pan a bit tbh.

    Lets just hope East Coast bother to have some decent branding unlike the NXEC mishmash of GN/NX pap.

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    I never understood why people used them, well at least from newcastle to london. On the few times I checked tickets, first class was going on for £400 return, grand central first class from sunderland is only £101 return

    colinsunderland;6883098

    I never understood why people used them, well at least from newcastle to … I never understood why people used them, well at least from newcastle to london. On the few times I checked tickets, first class was going on for £400 return, grand central first class from sunderland is only £101 return



    you worked for GNER lol ;-) get him.... actually, summit I've always wanted to do ... work for a company like that... it'll be worth it just for the perks! lol :thumbsup:

    colinsunderland;6883098

    I never understood why people used them, well at least from newcastle to … I never understood why people used them, well at least from newcastle to london. On the few times I checked tickets, first class was going on for £400 return, grand central first class from sunderland is only £101 return



    wow that is a lot - when I worked for them they done a ten pound upgrade to first class at the weekend - think it was called weekend first. Was a bargain that was.

    Disco;6883119

    you worked for GNER lol ;-) get him.... actually, summit I've always … you worked for GNER lol ;-) get him.... actually, summit I've always wanted to do ... work for a company like that... it'll be worth it just for the perks! lol :thumbsup:



    I dont think Colin worked for them Disco - I did !! and yes the perks were amazing plus at christmas time we always got a bonus of around £800 which was brilliant.

    bossyboots;6883138

    I dont think Colin worked for them Disco - I did !! and yes the perks … I dont think Colin worked for them Disco - I did !! and yes the perks were amazing plus at christmas time we always got a bonus of around £800 which was brilliant.



    so anyone know if the new franchise are looking for people?

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    bossyboots;6883138

    I dont think Colin worked for them Disco - I did !! and yes the perks … I dont think Colin worked for them Disco - I did !! and yes the perks were amazing plus at christmas time we always got a bonus of around £800 which was brilliant.



    correct, i didn't

    I just had a quick look, travelling from sunderland - london first class 24th dec and returning 28th (a friend is going those dates)
    grand central first class off peak return £101 (or anytime return £190)
    national express (or whoever is running it now) first class any time return (they don't do an off peak) £375

    Why would anyone pay an extra £274 for what is essentially the same service :?

    If you were travelling from newcastle, even if you got a taxi from newcastle to sunderland and then back again it would still only be around £140 total

    Do you commute V1?

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    chester123;6883242

    Do you commute V1?



    [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="Navy"]Nope I work locally, but down in London a lot, and trains are the best way.

    GNER didn't actually lose that much money did it? It's just Sea Containers did! GNER seemed local and cool... NXEC was far too corporate.

    90 mins to go!!!![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

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    cant see it really making a difference to me i reguarly book in advance and got the £9/11 1 way fares from london to leeds and vice versa......£20 for first class occasionally

    my only gripe was that it was a tenner admin charge to make a change via the internet

    had the email from them and they are sending me a 50% off first fare for travel between jan- mar

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    Gone!!!!!!
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