Row of trains threaten to derail plan back to office


Operators are seen to be frustrated with the focus by government officials on the bottom line rather than on the operation of franchises.For example, Greater Anglia, run by Dutch state-owned company Abellio, and c2c, operated by its Italian counterpart Trenitalia, have been pushed into the red by what companies call a “flawed” mechanism, linking payments to exploit funds. lines to London employment figures. .

It is understood that Trenitalia is particularly harmed by those in charge who neglect the fact that c2c is the most punctual network in the country. Trenitalia could now follow up on a threat to withdraw from the UK, industry sources say. Such a reduction could have serious repercussions for the government’s £ 106bn HS2 project.

The Italian company has been selected for its broadband capabilities alongside FirstGroup to operate the West Coast Mainline – the franchise on which some HS2 services will initially operate.

The slow pace of the secret talks also angered railway bosses, who saw the bus industry push a new deal worth hundreds of millions of pounds in front of them.

Some operators fear that they have only a few days left to decide whether or not to accept the new offers before the September 20 deadline.

Meanwhile, residual anger persists over the government’s guidance on public transport during the crisis.

At the start of the lockdown, the public was urged to stay away from buses and trains unless absolutely necessary.

Despite the abandonment of the guidelines, experts say widespread fear persists over the safety of public transport.


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