The West Coast struggles on

WHEN I commented in last’s August print edition of Railnews about the secondment of Virgin Trains’ Chief Operating Officer Chris Gibb to help Network Rail improve performance on the West Coast Main Line, I posed the question: How is the WCML going to cope until the first stage of HS2 is due to open?

Chris Gibb has now concluded his reliability review — and in so doing he has revealed the stark realities of trying to keep Europe’s busiest mixed-traffic trunk rail route going on a daily basis, and what a struggle it will continue to be until 2026. Continue reading