Are West Coast trains as bad as they say?Back to Forum
Anonymous24 Sep 2013
THE QUESTION IS ABOUT EAST COAST, SORRY!!!
Hope you don’t mind all my questions…
During my next trip to England, I might need to go from London to Leeds and Manchester or Peterborough.
No reason to worry about Manchester since I will take the Pendolino and probably opt for first class.
For Leeds and Peterborough though, I see that my only option if I want a direct train is the (in)famous East Coast trains. Although I have no personal experience, I hear many bad things about them.
Are they really so nasty? Shall I expect the worst and hope for the best? Shall I look for indirect trains when the time comes or are the trips so short that it’s not worth the fuss?
I will, of course, choose first class for these trips, because from what I read cattle class is baaaaad.24 Sep 2013
I think you will find that leeds and peterborough are on the east coast, hence it will be East Coast trains that run this route… They aren’t bad, but not great either. Good value for money? depends on the deal you get.24 Sep 2013
East Coast have often been considered the best in First Class. I think the Pendolino’s are good, but the East Coast IC225’s are better (or the HST’s). If you had said 5 years ago they were streets ahead and by far the best, but they have dropped off a bit sadly.24 Sep 2013
I know but I figured that if I book in advance it won’t be very expensive and I will be able to buy a pass for the lounge for 5 quid and not deal with the chaos at KX.24 Sep 2013
Here are a couple of threads re East Coast service which will assist you:24 Sep 2013
Wow, thank for that!
Quite different reviews from the ones I found on other websites.
I’m definitely not worrying now.
I only wish I will get to use both EC and Virgin and make the comparison.24 Sep 2013