What matters most for the East Coast Main Line is a good timetable - one that is attractive for passengers and that makes the best use of valuable capacity. That should be the starting point for judging the franchise bids and the case for open access - and it is also very relevant if the franchise stays in public hands with the present East Coast company. The proposals in this report start from a clean sheet and develop an integrated, regular-interval timetable on the model of the Swiss Taktfahrplan. They are intended to provoke discussion, and comments are welcome. They will provide the basis for similar plans for related services and maybe in due course for the national network.
Read the report: SPIRIT--ECML.pdf