I've been talking about the catering lottery a lot since the shift rota changes in March. The reason being is that you had a chance that the advertised catering would not be available on your train often due to staff shortages but also sometimes due to faulty kitchen equipment or supply issues. Before the rota changes it was rare to not get the advertised catering offering and when it did happen there usually was a good reason for it.
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Wrapped up in todays announcement about rail investment was the mention that from 2020 the East Coast franchise will become a partnership franchise where the main franchise holder and infrastructure operator (currently Network Rail) will work together as one. As a result of this the current Virgin Trains East Coast franchise will terminate in 2020, rather than 2023 which was the original end date.
Travel Buddy launched in late June as part of the new beta booking engine. By July we had produced a quick review 'Why the VTEC Travel Buddy app is so poor', which commented how, at the time, all the reviews of the app were one star (the lowest available).
Although the Virgin Azuma trains aren't due to go into service until late on in 2018 it's still possible to ride on the same type of train today. Azuma is Virgin's brandname for their class 800 family trains. GWR uses the less imaginative Intercity Express Train (IET) as the brand name (as they were developed from the government led Intercity Express Project) but nearly everything about the trains will be the same.
On a visit to King's Cross last week I made a rather poor quality video showing the facilities available in the VTEC First Class lounge at King's Cross station. This has always been the best lounge on the East Coast route and so tends to receive the most investment and has better facilities.
Many who follow me on Twitter will realise that I've been flying a lot more lately even on routes where I'd normally get the train. These reflect my personal circumstances only.
Unless you use an ad blocker you've probably noticed some ads on our site, we try and put them in places that don't interfere with the content.
So why do we have ads? We neither aim or expect to make a profit running Save East Coast Rewards but the ads also ensure we do not run at a loss. We use the ads to cover the costs of running the site, also, in the early days, we also used some of this income for our own advertising to make people more aware of this campaign and the drawbacks of VTEC switching to Nectar.
In the interests of transparency I thought I'd explain why some of the blog posts have changed. Specifically the ones that referenced someone from VTEC who was speaking at eCommerce Show North earlier this week. Yesterday I was asked by someone at VTEC who I have been in contact in the past to remove the specific references to the individual.
Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) do talk so much nonsense and the marketing press lap it up! I don't know if it's because it's a group of people who like to pat each other on the back to appear competent or whether they just take what VTEC say at face value. The mainstream press are also guilty of copy and pasting VTEC press releases (usually incorrectly adding a picture of a west coast Pendolino or Voyager to show how little knowledge they have) without any critical questioning.