A consortium including Leicester design group Jones Garrard Transport and led by GEC Alsthomhas won the contract to supply high speed tilting trains for the West Coast Main Line franchise, operated by Virgin Trains. The high-tech trains feature interiors and exteriors by Jones Garrard. A promotional video by the consultancy was used extensively by BBC1’s Panorama programme on Monday to show that the brave new world of trains which privatised operators promised has not, so far, been delivered.

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