Bye bye First Capital Connect

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JohnSmith
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Bye bye First Capital Connect

Postby JohnSmith » Fri 23 May, 2014 11:52 am

First Capital Connect have been unsuccessful with their bid for the Thameslink Great Northern franchise.

From September I will be directing my commuter dissatisfaction at Govia.

The Department for Transport have intimated that there will be 150 new carriages on the Hertford Loop from 2018 with services running into Moorgate later than 8.15pm.

Good news if they're right.

JohnSmith
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Re: Bye bye First Capital Connect

Postby JohnSmith » Fri 23 May, 2014 2:20 pm

Govia's website confirms the new trains:

http://www.govia.info/news/2014-news/go ... franchise/

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Capitalist Piglet
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Re: Bye bye First Capital Connect

Postby Capitalist Piglet » Sun 25 May, 2014 8:48 am

Hmm... No mention of an expansion of stations using Oyster.

robbiebgg
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Re: Bye bye First Capital Connect

Postby robbiebgg » Mon 26 May, 2014 12:33 pm

We'll good riddance to FCC - they made some amazing claims about high quality customer service in their bid document - obviously their senior management never use their trains! Let's hope this new company live up to their claims - some new clean trains would be good for starters. Be interesting to see how much fairs will rise at the end of the year.

mdja
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Re: Bye bye First Capital Connect

Postby mdja » Tue 03 Jun, 2014 10:51 am

Just when they've "refurbished" Hertford North station in FCC branding ... Is Govia going to remove another 12" from the passageway when they arrive?

codek2
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Re: Bye bye First Capital Connect

Postby codek2 » Tue 03 Jun, 2014 6:34 pm

Err lets be clear about this, the new trains were coming whether it was govia or not. they would have come if FCC had retained the lease.

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Re: Bye bye First Capital Connect

Postby JohnSmith » Wed 04 Jun, 2014 9:26 am

codek2 wrote:Err lets be clear about this, the new trains were coming whether it was govia or not. they would have come if FCC had retained the lease.


I don't think they were. I asked FCC many times in the last year about new trains and they always said that there were no plans. Even at one of the meet the manager events I asked and the manager who represented the Hertford Loop on FCC's board said she used them on a daily basis and had tried to put forward a case to have them replaced but was met with a stone cold refusal.

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Re: Bye bye First Capital Connect

Postby Golden » Wed 02 Jul, 2014 12:33 pm

http://www.haringeyindependent.co.uk/ne ... ?ref=var_0

I thought these guys were off? Not sure how much it will affect those of you that use HFN but just saw this in the local paper and passing it on.

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Re: Bye bye First Capital Connect

Postby Steve » Wed 02 Jul, 2014 1:40 pm

Golden wrote:http://www.haringeyindependent.co.uk/news/11314577.Companies_hope_crucial_investment_in_railway_will_reduce__bottleneck_/?ref=var_0

I thought these guys were off? Not sure how much it will affect those of you that use HFN but just saw this in the local paper and passing it on.

I would suspect that this was agreed and budgeted before the franchise decision.

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Re: Bye bye First Capital Connect

Postby JohnSmith » Fri 22 Aug, 2014 10:23 am

Govia take over the new franchise on 18 September.


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