I cannot think of a single initiative any owning group has introduced for the lasting benefit of passengers by virtue of running both buses and trains

One of the rare examples of a group’s bus and rail businesses working together was Stagecoach’s launch of in 2009, with coaches from Yorkshire towns and cities feeding into its London trains at East Midlands Parkway. This 2010 view in Huddersfield shows 52490 (R120 VFR), a Jonckheere Mistral-bodied Volvo B10M in the Stagecoach East Midlands fleet.

National Express had the right idea. It quit rail franchising in January 2017 having had its fingers well and truly burnt on East Coast almost a decade ago; but the others just do not seem to learn the lessons.

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