I've been a reporter at The Herald for nearly 10 years and Transport Correspondent for just over two. If you catch a train, plane, bus, ferry or drive, walk or cycle - in fact if you leave the house at all - I hope I'll be writing something of interest to you.
National Express, which was struggling to pay the £1.4 billion in premium payments to the Department for Transport in exchange for the right to run the trains, walked away and the route was re-nationalised, leaving taxpayers to pick up the pieces.
That was bad enough. But the new firestorm engulfing the West Coast tendering competition could see far wider ramifications, with the immediate future of the flagship route now in considerable doubt, three other rail franchises in England put on hold, and confidence in the entire system shaken to the core.