c2c gets two year extension to run rail services

Southend Standard: c2c gets two year extension to run rail services c2c gets two year extension to run rail services

TRAIN operator c2c will maintain control of the Shoebury to Fenchurch Street line for the next two years.

The Essex Thameside franchise was put out to tender last year, receiving bids from three alternative companies.

This sparked fears that older trains could be brought back into use and take commuters back to the 1990s - when it was dubbed “the misery line”.

National Express operator c2c has now been given a two year reprieve after the Department for Transport suspended the bidding competition.

Existing short-listed companies will be invited to start the process again over the summer, with the new 15 year contract set to start from 2015.

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5:00pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Rob777 says...



Yeah fears spread by the echo & c2c themselves !!!! Now that they have this for another two years I doubt we will be seeing the chocolates again for a while.
[This sparked fears that older trains could be brought back into use and take commuters back to the 1990s - when it was dubbed “the misery line”.] Yeah fears spread by the echo & c2c themselves !!!! Now that they have this for another two years I doubt we will be seeing the chocolates again for a while. Rob777
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5:35pm Thu 31 Jan 13

onorris24 says...

although the cost of travel is so expensive, i think the service c2c give, when i use it is fine and well worth paying the money... though i would like it if it was half the price!
although the cost of travel is so expensive, i think the service c2c give, when i use it is fine and well worth paying the money... though i would like it if it was half the price! onorris24
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8:06pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

When you increase prices, and people start to moan, remind them, you could leaving - what a horrible journey home.
Misery line? a thing of the past, so as long as c2c are there, how long can it possibly last
When you increase prices, and people start to moan, remind them, you could leaving - what a horrible journey home. Misery line? a thing of the past, so as long as c2c are there, how long can it possibly last Carnabackable
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8:40pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

They've never had it so good, are those those who travel by train,
Yet always too quick to cast aspersions, as they wait in the pouring rain.
Remember the old trains, if your simple minds will let you
No heating,delays and never a working loo
So rejoice at this marvel, known simply as c2c
And your journey will be a pleasure, just you wait and see.
They've never had it so good, are those those who travel by train, Yet always too quick to cast aspersions, as they wait in the pouring rain. Remember the old trains, if your simple minds will let you No heating,delays and never a working loo So rejoice at this marvel, known simply as c2c And your journey will be a pleasure, just you wait and see. Carnabackable
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8:59pm Thu 31 Jan 13

lennyfy says...

About time the Echo updated its stock photo of a c2c train they havnt been blue some time now.
About time the Echo updated its stock photo of a c2c train they havnt been blue some time now. lennyfy
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8:13am Fri 1 Feb 13

mys842 says...

Excellent news. c2c is the lifeline of Southend and National Express on the whole do a fantastic job.
Excellent news. c2c is the lifeline of Southend and National Express on the whole do a fantastic job. mys842
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9:33am Fri 1 Feb 13

AndyBSG says...

Very good news.

C2C is one of the most reliable lines in the country which is a far cry from the mid 90's when it was known as the nightmare line.
Very good news. C2C is one of the most reliable lines in the country which is a far cry from the mid 90's when it was known as the nightmare line. AndyBSG
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4:10pm Wed 6 Feb 13

phileep says...

I heard the London Overground were interested surely they would have used new trains.
I heard the London Overground were interested surely they would have used new trains. phileep
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