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News in today that GNER have been asked to surrender the ECML franchise because they can't afford to make the higher paymants that they bid to matain their ECML franchise A bid that they made before the London bombings cut their passenger growth, before the price of electricity went through the roof and before the rail regulator agreed to allow Grand Central to run over the same route calling at the same stations without the same costs. At the same time the government is paying Virgin £1.4b to opporate the west coast route to Scotland. And GNER scored the highest in last years customer satisfaction survey. Absolutly crazy!