The facillities at Preston are terrible though. There isn't even a cash machine.
Comparing the 142's to all the other trains in the station really makes Northern feel loved im sure, look at that big crack in the front of the Marple and the Rose Hill so dirty you can barely read its destination.
As for the new trains, what % are made abroad? Am I right that it's pretty high? If we don't order new trains, will older ones have to plod on longer, requiring more (UK based) servicing/repairs? Would that be a gain for the UK rail industry?
How weird: no mention of any lines to Wilmslow. Now, I know Wilmslow is in Cheshire but the complete absence of a connection between Cheadle Hulme or Heald Green is quite extraordinary.
That's even worse, London to Preston by diesel!
This is how I'd like to see bus franchising done in larger UK cities. Alongside greater integration, timetabling, and pricing, it would give far more clarity to bus services.I think these look good:
Henderson 261 nsf by Wigan Airways, on Flickr
All busses should be painted like this with a small logo of the operator where the henderson logo is on the picture above along with the franchising model with SPT setting routes and prices and allocating one operator.