Virgin Trains East Coast released their 'Travel Buddy' app for iOS and Android recently, before discussing what makes this app disappointing here's a video of the iOS app store reviews at the time of writing. Everyone has rated the app one star so far which is the lowest score available.
#BrandConfusion - when Virgin isn't Virgin
When Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) was launched on 1st March 2015 the operator had its own logo and all announcements and publicity clearly stated 'Virgin Trains East Coast'. This was still confusing as Virgin Trains on the west coast never officially changed their name to Virgin Trains West Coast so many people assumed 'Virgin Trains' was the master brand that covered both franchises. This has never been the case.
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UPDATE: As this is quite a significant development a new article, outside of the blog section, has been created. You can read it here. The original blog post remains below, it will no longer be updated.
There's so many good places to go along the east coast and taking a bike with you is a great way of exploring even if you only have a few hours available. Combine this with the excellent 'Hot Cakes' flash sales that Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) have run on some weekends and you have a great recipe for a cheap and enjoyable day trip.
On 18 May 2017 BA CityFlyer launched flights from London City Airport to Manchester. There's only one flight a week on a Thursday from London and two flights returning from Manchester on the Sunday. This is in contrast to the eight daily flights between Heathrow and Manchester.
In 2016 I did most of my domestic travel by train but so far this year I've spent more time in the air than on a train. My trips to Edinburgh and Glasgow were both by plane and about 70% of my Newcastle trips so far have been by plane.
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