And everybody sings ba ba ba da... Yup, our representatives in Westminster will take control of the East Coast Mainline route after the current operator defaulted on its franchise terms. National Express is deep in debt and has lost £20 million on the route in the first half of this year alone. Ministers have refused to renegotiate the terms of the contract, and will place the route under their own financially astute auspices in the next few months. The service, which operates out of Kings Cross, will continue under state management until late next year, when the route will be put up for tender. Whoever runs the show, we hope they maintain the free wifi service throughout the trains. We really enjoy battling with the unpredictable signal strength that hovers just below the threshold of usefulness. Image by rlopezbcn - MrCarax.